The people have spoken. justin trudeau, immanuel macron and more world leaders and celebrities are sending thoughts and prayers to the British royal family following the news of Queen Elizabeth II’s death.
Buckingham Palace confirmed on Thursday, September 8, that the queen has passed away at the age of 96. She was the longest-reigning British monarch and the world’s longest-serving female head of state after her coronation in 1953. Hours before her death, the queen was placed under “medical supervision” due to growing concerns about her health, with members of the royal family rushing to her side at her Balmoral estate in Scotland.
In October 2021, she was hospitalized for one night after canceling royal appearances in Northern Ireland on medical advice. Although she returned to work later that month, the queen’s relatives “urged her to take it easy,” a source said. us weekly exclusively. The palace later released a statement confirming that Isabel was advised to take a two-week break, prompting her to appear virtually for the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) reception in November 2021 instead of in person.
The following February, the palace confirmed that Elizabeth had tested positive for COVID-19 and would be canceling her virtual functions while she recovered. her eldest son, Prince carloshe also battled the virus that month for the second time.
Later that year, the queen’s health continued to make headlines. Before celebrating her Platinum Jubilee in June, Elizabeth skipped the opening day of the British Parliament for the third time in her 70-year reign. She later experienced “discomfort” after the Trooping the Color parade, causing her to walk out of the Thanksgiving Service in June with “great reluctance,” according to a statement from the palace.
Elizabeth died more than a year after Prince Philip was laid to rest in April 2021. The Duke of Edinburgh was 99 years old when he “passed away peacefully” at the couple’s royal residence, and the queen’s doctor later confirmed that the cause of his death was ancient. years.
“While we are in a period of great sadness as a family, it has been a comfort to all of us to see and hear the tributes paid to my husband, from the UK, the Commonwealth and around the world,” said Elizabeth. she noted in a statement to her on her milestone 95th birthday after Philip’s death. “My family and I want to thank you for all the support and kindness you have shown us over the last few days. We have been deeply touched and continue to remember that Philip had such an extraordinary impact on countless people throughout his life.”
The Queen and Philip celebrated their 73rd wedding anniversary in November 2020, making them the longest-married couple in the history of the British monarchy. The royal couple met in 1939, when the monarch was just 13 years old, and became engaged eight years later.
Elizabeth is survived by her children, Charles, Prince Andrew Y prince edwardas well as daughter princess anne. The royal matriarch also had eight grandchildren, including prince william Y prince harryand 12 great-grandchildren.
The final years of the queen’s royal tenure were not without challenges. In January 2020, Harry, 36, and Meghan Markle announced that they would relinquish their main royal duties. Their transition out of the spotlight became official two months later, and the couple moved to California with their young son Archie.
Buckingham Palace confirmed a year later that the Sussexes would not return as working members of the royal family, shortly after the couple announced they had a second baby on the way. Lilibet “Lili” Diana, named after the queen, arrived in June 2021. The monarch met her namesake while the Suits The 41-year-old student and her husband were in the UK for the Platinum Jubilee in June.
“After reluctantly retiring from Party at the Palace, spending time with her great-grandchildren and seeing Lilibet turn 1 brightened her day a bit,” a source exclusively said. U.S of the meeting. “She thinks they are adorable and she gave Lili and Archie presents.”
While Meghan and Harry’s initial departure was unexpected, Elizabeth and her staff had a firm plan for when the time came for her to step down from the throne. “Carlos will serve as king with duchess camilla by his side,” said a source. U.S exclusively in November 2020, almost two years before Her Royal Highness announced her hopes for Camilla, 75.
“When, in the fullness of time, my son Carlos becomes king, I know that they will give him and his wife Camila the same support that they have given me,” the sovereign said in a February statement. “And it is my sincere wish that, when that time comes, Camilla will be known as Queen Consort as she continues in her loyal service.”
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