By Angelina Herrera and Mariyah Ramirez
On Thursday, September 8, Queen Elizabeth II died at the age of 96. The Queen passed away peacefully at her Scottish estate in Balmoral, Scotland, but cause of death has not been confirmed.
The royal family gathered at the Balmoral Castle after the queen’s doctor had become concerned of her health the same morning. According to Buckingham Palace, she was under medical supervision and with her family in her final moments.
The Queen’s reign lasted for 70 years after being crowned Queen of the United Kingdom in February 1952 after the death of King George VI, the Queen’s father. She was the longest-serving monarch in British history.
During the Queen’s reign, she lived through some of the greatest and most influential historical events such as World War 2 and the recent COVID-19 pandemic.
Just days before her death, on September 6, Liz Truss was appointed Prime Minister and stated that the queen was the foundation on which modern Britain was built. She also spoke on behalf of the United Kingdom and how they welcomed King Charles III.
“We offer him our loyalty and devotion, just as his mother devoted so much, to so many, for so long” Prime Minister Liz Truss said in a statement.
Queen Elizabeth II’s eldest son, King Charles III, immediately became the King of the United Kingdom after his mother’s death. Both King Charles III and his wife, Camila, Queen Consort, returned to London on Friday September 9 to address the nation about what comes next for the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth.
As of now, everyone is mourning the passing of Her Majesty the Queen. Her loss is deeply felt around the world.
Charles said in a statement that he and his family would be “comforted and sustained by our knowledge of the respect and deep affection in which the Queen was so widely held.”