© Reuters. Candles and flowers are placed outside the British embassy following the news of Queen Elizabeth’s death, in Oslo, Norway, September 8, 2022. NTB/Beate Oma Dahle via REUTERS
By Michael Holden and Gerhard Mey
BALMORAL, Scotland (Reuters) – Britain’s King Charles will address a nation of mourning on Friday following the death of his mother and the country’s curator, Queen Elizabeth, at the age of 96.
Charles https://www.reuters.com/world/uk/charles-britains-conflicted-new-monarch-2022-09-08/, who raced to be with the queen before she died at home exclusively in Scotland on Thursday, planning to return to London with his wife Camilla https://www.reuters.com/world/uk/rottweiler-queen-consort-camillas-rise-shadow-diana-2022-09-08/ , right now Queen Consort, before meeting the prime minister and making a televised statement.
Queen’s death https://www.reuters.com/world/uk/obituary-elizabeth-queen-who-moved-with-changed-world-2022-09-08/, Britain’s longest-reigning monarch https:///www.reuters.com/world/uk/life-queen-elizabeth-2022-09-08/ and its towering presence on the world stage for seven decades, has drawn condolences from all over the world.
As the first light in London, members of the public continued to place flowers outside Buckingham Palace and billboards across the city displayed messages of condolences. Newspapers published front page pictures in memory of the queen.
On Thursday, thousands gathered outside the queen’s palace, where the news was delivered in stunned silence as the flag was lowered halfway down the mast.
Many describe the shock of the death of the only monarch most Britons have ever known.
“She’s someone we’ve always admired,” teary retiree Christine West told Reuters outside the queen’s Windsor Castle, home in west London. “It was a sad day for all of us.”
Charles, who became the monarch of the United Kingdom and was the head of state for 14 other kingdoms, including Australia, Canada and New Zealand, said the death was a moment of great grief for himself and family.
“We deeply mourn the loss of a respected Sovereign and much-loved mother. I know her loss will be deeply felt across the country, Kingdom and Commonwealth. commonwealth, as well as countless people around the world,” the 73-year-old said in a statement.
He is scheduled to meet Prime Minister Liz Truss on Friday before giving a speech about the country. There will also be salute guns.
News that the queen’s health was deteriorating came shortly after noon on Thursday when her doctors said in a statement that she was under medical supervision, prompting her family to rush to Scotland.
The Queen has suffered from what Buckingham Palace calls an “episode migration problem” since late last year, forcing her to withdraw from nearly all public engagements. Her 73-year-old husband, Prince Philip, died in 2021.
Her final public assignment came only on Tuesday, when she appointed prime minister Truss – the 15th in her reign.
“The Queen’s death is a huge shock to the country and the world,” Truss said outside the Downing Street office where the flag, like in royal palaces and government buildings across the country Brother, has been lowered.
“Through thick and thin, Queen Elizabeth II has provided us with the stability and strength we need. She is the spirit of Great Britain – and that spirit will live on.”
SEVEN DECADE REIGN
The news left not only people in the UK stunned, with condolences from leaders around the world.
“Her legacy will be imprinted in the pages of British history, and in the story of our world,” US President Joe Biden said in a statement.
Queen Elizabeth II, who is also the oldest and longest-serving head of state in the world, ascended the throne upon the death of her father King George VI on February 6, 1952, when she was just 25 years old.
She was crowned in June next year. The first televised coronation was a prediction of a new world in which the lives of royals were increasingly scrutinized by the media.
“I sincerely commit to your service, as many of you have committed to me. Throughout my life and with all my heart, I will strive to be worthy of your trust. yours,” she said in a speech to her audience. her coronation date.
Elizabeth became monarch at a time when Britain still largely retained its former empire with Winston Churchill as her British prime minister, while Josef Stalin led the Soviet Union and the raging Korean War.
Forgetting the symbolism of continuity and resilience, Britain began its new era in a severe economic crisis, marked by auctions with Europe and a disgruntled populace after. years of political strife and scandals.