The End of an Era: Queen Elizabeth II Passes Away at 96


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Long live the Queen. Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II passes away on Thursday, Sept. 9th. Her eldest son, Charles, ascended the throne upon his mother’s death.

Maggie Craig, Editor-In-Chief

On Sept. 8th, Queen Elizabeth II died peacefully at 96 years old at Balmoral Castle in Scotland, her lifelong summer retreat. After serving for seven decades, Elizabeth II was Great Britain’s longest-reigning monarch, and the whole world has been mourning her loss since that Thursday afternoon. 

In the early hours of Sept. 8th, Buckingham Palace released a statement that the Queen had been placed under medical supervision due to her failing health conditions. For the majority of summer, the Queen had been at Balmoral reportedly for the sake of her health.

The royal family announced her death through Twitter, saying that she “died peacefully” in the afternoon. 

Upon the queen’s death, her eldest son, 73-year-old King Charles III, immediately ascended the throne as Britain’s new monarch.

In a statement, the King 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 III and his spouse, Queen Consort Camilla, arrived at Buckingham Palace Friday, Sept. 9th for the first time as the new reigning monarchs of Britain.  The royal institution has undertaken the process of transitioning its new leadership, while the world continues to mourn the only British Sovereign most have ever known.