Queen Elizabeth II of England dies aged 96
Author: Clark Tos
Britain is in mourning! Queen Elizabeth II of England died on Thursday at the age of 96 at Balmoral Castle (Scotland), one of her summer residences that she loved so much
The most famous monarch in the world has passed away! With a reign that will have lasted 70 years, Queen Elizabeth II will have marked the lives of the British and even worshipers of the royal family around the world.
Born April 21, 1926 in London, she is third in line to the throne after her uncle and father. In 1936, his uncle became king under the name of Edward VIII but he abdicated a few months later, leaving the throne to his younger brother, father of Princess Elizabeth, King George VI. During World War II, she enlisted in the Auxiliary Territorial Service, the women's branch of the British Army.
On November 20, 1947, she married Philippe Mountbatten, Prince of Greece and Denmark with whom she had four children: Charles, Prince of Wales, Anne, Princess Royal, Andrew, Duke of York and Edward, Count of Wessex.
On February 6, 1952, she learned of her father's death. What makes her the queen from England at 25. She was crowned on June 2, 1953 at Westminster Abbey by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Geoffrey Fisher. The ceremony is then broadcast live on television in five European countries including France. Thus, 27 million viewers will have followed this historic ceremony. She said there these few words “ May God help me to carry out with dignity this heavy task which falls to me so early in life! ”
His reign will have been the longest of a sovereign of England and will have been strewn with major constitutional reforms. This queen of the 16 states of the Commonwealth, daughter of King George VI, had a diplomatic role of great importance.
The world's most famous woman was notably the first British queen to address the US Congress in 1991. Then, in May 2011, she took part in the first official visit by a British monarch to Ireland since its independence there. is almost 90 years old.
Another highlight, she inaugurated a memorial garden for the British victims of the September 11 attacks. Without forgetting that in 2013, she rehabilitated the memory of Alan Turing, a mathematician convicted of homosexuality.
The political role of crown of England has declined in recent decades. Still, the influence of the royal family and its popularity with the English have remained intact. Queen Elizabeth II knew how to evolve with her time while preserving the monarchical tradition in her was the proud guarantor.
During all those years, ' the Queen ” will have seen fifteen Prime Ministers including Winston Churchill, Margaret Thatcher and Tony Blair.
The last years of his reign were marked above all by the internal conflicts within the royal family, with in particular what the British called the 'Megxit', when his grandson, Prince Harry, wished to emancipate himself from his royal obligations to live a freer life with his wife Meghan Markhle.
On April 21, 2021, the Queen of England lost her lifelong husband, the prince Philipp who was 99 years old. A colossal loss in his life which had seriously weakened the morality of the Queen of England. Equally physically exhausted, despite a few public appearances, her state of health had been cause for concern since a recent stay in hospital where doctors had asked her to rest in her castle in Windsor.
Now the vacant throne will go to his eldest son, Prince Charles, 73. Then, it will be Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, who will be his first successor.
On this gloomy day, it is a whole nation which unites and sings in chorus a final “ God save the Queen » .