For most Britons, Queen Elizabeth II was more than just a monarch who led their country for incredible 70 years. She was their strength and a motherly figure, thus her passing brought immense grief and sadness.
When the news of her ill-heatlh was shared in the media on the day of her passing, a huge number of people gathered together and filled the streets of the major cities around United Kingdom as a sign of support. The number of those that arrived at Balmoral Castle, the Queen’s summer residence where she passed away, was even bigger.
When members of the royalty started arriving one by one, everyone assumed the Queen was living her last moments. Sadly, that happened to be the truth which left millions of people from all around the world heartbroken.
In a statement on Thursday, September 8, Buckingham Palace said:
“The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon. The King and the Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral this evening and will return to London tomorrow.”
The new ruler of the country, King Charles III, the Queen’s eldest son, spoke to the nation and said, “The death of my beloved Mother, Her Majesty The Queen, is a moment of the greatest sadness for me and all members of my family.
“We mourn profoundly the passing of a cherished Sovereign and a much-loved Mother. I know her loss will be deeply felt throughout the country, the Realms and the Commonwealth, and by countless people around the world.”
King Charles added, “During this period of mourning and change, my family and I will be comforted and sustained by our knowledge of the respect and deep affection in which The Queen was so widely held.”
Following her passing, The Palace released a never-before-seen portrait of the late Queen. According to the Daily Mirror, the photo was taken in May of 2022, ahead of the Platinum Jubilee which marked her reign of 70 years during which she led the country through significant social changes. The portrait shows Queen Elizabeth’s radiant smile which became her signature feature over the years.
The Royal Palace released this unseen photo of Queen Elizabeth II smiling on Sunday. The photo was taken to mark Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee – the first British Monarch to reach this milestone. (Photo: The Royal Family) https://t.co/LRZRKK0gHs pic.twitter.com/w7O9FL4PGO
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Her Majesty can be seen wearing a blue dress with her favorite three-strand pearl necklace, as well as pearl earrings and the clip brooches she received from her father King George VI in 1944.
Queen Elizabeth was said to have taken an active hand in planning her funeral which attracted record-breaking numbers of viewers from across the globe, who watched as her coffin was pulled through the streets of London.
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