King Charles III honored his mother’s memory in a speech to the nation on September 9 by stating that “Queen Elizabeth was a life well lived; a promise with destiny kept and she is mourned most deeply in her passing.”
EARLY LIFE OF THE QUEEN ELIZABETH II
Queen Elizabeth Alexandra Mary, also known as Queen Elizabeth II, was the Queen of the United Kingdom and all the other Commonwealth realms. She was born in London’s Mayfair on April 21, 1926. She was King George VI and Queen Elizabeth’s firstborn child. She was homeschooled and has grown up to be a mature adult. Firstly, her grandfather, King George V died, and her uncle, King Edward VIII acceded to the throne. Unexpectedly, King Edward abdicated the throne in 1936, and her father, King George VI acceded to the throne. This made Elizabeth the presumptive heir to the throne. She trained as a mechanic and driver in public service during the Second World War and served in the Auxiliary Territorial Service. This was the woman’s branch of the British Army during the Second World War.
RISE TO POWER: THE QUEEN’S JOURNEY
Elizabeth and Philip Mountbatten, the Duke of Edinburgh, were wed in Westminster Abbey on November 20, 1947. Previously, he held the titles of Prince of Denmark and Greece. Charles III, Anne, Prince Andrew, and Prince Edward were their four children. Up before his passing in April 2021, they had been wed for 73 years. King George VI passed away at the young age of 25, and Elizabeth took the throne in February 1952. She eventually ascended to the throne of seven autonomous Commonwealth nations and served as the organization’s head. On June 2nd, 1953, she was officially crowned.
THE QUEEN’S PEACEFUL DEMISE
The Queen passed away peacefully on 8 September 2022 at Balmoral, Scotland. Flags across the United Kingdom will fly at half-mast, followed by a 12-day mourning period. During this period, the Queen’s body will be shifted to Buckingham Palace from Balmoral and arrangements will be made for the state funeral. The London Stock Exchange will be closed on the day of the funeral. The Queen proceeded to her heavenly abode being the longest serving monarch in the history of the United Kingdom.
NOW THAT THE QUEEN HAS PASSED AWAY, WHAT HAPPENS?
Now, Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales, will most likely adopt the title of King Charles III. The Duchess of Cornwall will take on the title of Queen Camilla. The Duke of Cambridge, Prince Williams, will now become the Prince of Wales.
QUEEN ELIZABETH II: LESSER-KNOWN FACTS
- Elizabeth R served as the monarch’s signature during her reign. The letter “R” stands for “Regina,” which is Latin for “Queen.”
- She did not require a driver’s license or passport because they are both issued in the name of the Queen.
- The king is exempt from paying income or capital gains taxes. Queen Elizabeth II, however, had been doing so on her own accord since 1993.
- Queen Elizabeth II currently holds the Guinness World Record for being the eldest British monarch.
- The Queen held the record for the most currencies bearing the same face value.