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Elizabeth II, the eternal queen, dies at the age of 96 after almost 71 years on the throne


Long live the Queen! And long life she had. In total, 96 years, which in practice were several lifetimes together. The Queen isabel II She passed away this Thursday, September 8, at Balmoral just six months after her husband, Prince Philip of Edinburgh, who died on April 9, 2021, at the age of 99. The Duke was, in her own words, her “strength of her,” and just a few months after her, she too has embarked on her journey to eternity. Precisely, she celebrated her bitterest birthday just four days after her husband’s funeral, with whom in 2007 she became the first royal family couple to celebrate their diamond wedding anniversary (60 years). ).

The death of the sovereign comes practically by surpriseBecause despite his advanced age, he enjoyed iron health. This week she has been seen together with Liz Truss, Boris Johnson’s replacement after his resignation over the ‘partygate’ scandal. A meeting that is already the last public appearance of the Queen. Not even the Covid-19 pandemic could with her. But the years do not forgive even those who seem immortal.

warning signs

In her last public appearances, the sovereign appeared smiling, happy, as elegant as ever. But almost a year ago she turned on the first warning sign: used a cane to help him walk. It was during the ceremony on October 12, 2021 to commemorate the hundred years of history of the Royal British Legion, in Westminster Abbey.

Shortly after, it transpired that his doctors recommended that he stop drinking alcohol “except on special occasions” and subsequently canceled a 48-hour trip to Northern Ireland that was precisely very significant because it coincided with the hundred years of the partition of the island and, therefore, of the existence of this small constitutive nation of the Kingdom of which she was head. The medical services of the Royal House, as officially communicated, recommended him to rest, a message that, far from calling for calm, generated more concern.

Finally, on Friday, October 22, sources from Buckingham Palace confirmed that the night from Wednesday to Thursday of that same week, Elizabeth II spent the night at the King Edward VII hospital, in central London, where “some tests were carried out », and was discharged the next day, when she returned to Windsor Castle.

This was the first time in eight years that the monarch needed to go to a hospital, which, despite calls for calm from official sources, ended up being the preamble to her departure.

The longest-lived Queen, with a Platinum Jubilee

The Queen passed away a few months after celebrating, last February, what would probably be the most important party of her life: her Platinum Jubilee, that is, her 70 years on the throne, a milestone, since hers was the longest reign in British history, which made her a fundamental figure for all the countries that make up the Commonwealth. “I declare before you that my whole life, whether long or short, will be devoted to her service,” she promised on her twenty-first birthday, in a speech broadcast over the radio from Cape Town, when she was still a child. princess.

The promise during his coronation

“I declare before all of you that my whole life, long or short, will be dedicated to your service”

And that sense of duty, and his devotion to a life of service, he carried through his reign with a full schedule of engagements, from visits to charities and schools, to hosting visiting Heads of State.

He was also the visible face, and without a doubt the most important, of the country in events of all kinds, in which he had the support of other members of the Royal Family on many occasions. Such was her intention to help, that she served as Royal Patron or President of more than 600 charities, military associations, professional bodies and public service organizations, whose areas of action ranged from creating educational and employment opportunities for youth, to the preservation of wildlife and the environment.

mother of four children, This petite woman, born at 2:40 a.m. on April 21, 1926, at 17 Bruton Street in Mayfair, London, and christened Princess Elizabeth Alexandra Mary in the private chapel at Buckingham Palace on May 29, that year, she was not called to be queen. But fate is capricious.

The abdication of his uncle Edward VIII in December 1936 gave his father George VI the crown and completely changed the course of his life, which has been full of difficult times in recent years, although the worst has been having to bury the who was her husband for 73 years.

image of the first portrait of Elizabeth II after her coronation

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Queen of England aged 25

The death of her father led her to take the reins of the monarchy with only 25 years, a news that he learned while he was traveling in Kenya. Elizabeth was the first daughter of the Duke and Duchess of York, who later became King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, later known as the ‘Queen Mother’. In 1930, she became an older sister, with the birth of Princess Margaret Rose. In 1937, the two princesses, who were homeschooled like many girls from wealthy families at the time, attended their parents’ coronation at Westminster Abbey. On that day, Princess Elizabeth became first in line to the throne.

It was then that she began to be instructed in history, French, a language she spoke fluently, art and music. She was also an experienced swimmer and she loved to ride horses, animals for which she had a special predilection and in which she was an expert. In fact, being she became a Thoroughbred owner and breeder, she was often seen at events where she went to see her horses race, which won races at Royal Ascot on several occasions. Her dogs of the ‘Corgis’ and ‘Dorgis’ breeds deserve a special mention, with whom she used to take long walks through the countryside. According to Palace sources, a lesser-known interest of the sovereign was Scottish country dancing. Every year during her stay at Balmoral Castle, the Queen would host dances known as Gillies’ Balls, for neighbours, estate and Castle staff and members of the local community.

Witness great events

In his 96 years of life he lived, among others relevant eventsthe outbreak of the Second World War, the dissolution of the British Empire and the consequent birth of the Commonwealth, the Falklands War, Brexit, the Covid-19 pandemic… experiences to which are added those of his private life, such as the death of his daughter-in-law, Princess Diana, the crisis caused by his grandson Harry and Meghan Markle with his abandonment of the Royal Family and the British territory or the sexual abuse scandal in which his son is involved, the prince Andrew.

In his seven decades on the throne, which he would fulfill on February 6, he saw 16 prime ministers pass through Downing Street. His eldest son, Prince Charles, will be crowned in his place at the age of 73.


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