Queen Elizabeth II, the longest-reigning monarch in British history, passed away Thursday at Balmoral Castle in Scotland, her summer residence. During her broadly popular seven-decade reign, she withstood tectonic changes in the post-imperial society of her nation. She overcame numerous challenges brought on by her descendants’ romantic decisions, gaffes, and scandals. She was 96.
Following the passing of Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday, America turned its attention to the ancient continent. Television networks abruptly began airing programming when word of her sudden fall spread as if the US President had passed away. The US Open tennis competition and the United Nations both observed moments of silence in New York to remember her life. Washington’s government buildings flew their flags at half-staff.
Before becoming Queen, she visited Washington, DC, to see Harry Truman, the first of her 13 meetings with US Presidents. (Dwight Eisenhower was the US commander-in-chief with whom she had her first official head-of-state encounter.) The last President to have official talks with the Queen was President Joe Biden, who came by the British embassy in Washington on Thursday to sign a book of condolences.
She died peacefully on Thursday afternoon at her Scottish estate, where she had spent much of the summer.
The Queen came to the throne in 1952 and witnessed enormous social change.
Her son King Charles III said the death of his beloved mother was a “moment of great sadness” for him and his family and that her loss would be “deeply felt” worldwide.
As news of the Queen’s death spread, a double rainbow appeared over Buckingham Palace.
- So, what would happen if Queen Elizabeth II died? Prince Charles will now be known as King Charles III.
- Camila, Queen Consort of the United Kingdom, will be the new Queen.
- Queen Elizabeth’s death will be public knowledge spreading the news that she died.
- The Royal family website will turn black. Here. It is the grayish kind. On the site, you can send condolences to the family.
- The funeral would take place ten days after she died and would be a national day.
- The Queen will use a vault to bury her at Windsor Castle.
- They will replace all the currency of the UK from the Queen to King Charles III.