“The Queen passed away peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon. The King and Queen will stay at Balmoral this evening and will return to London tomorrow,” the announcement was made by Buckingham Palace.
Looking back at the king’s magnificent reign, here are some key moments to remember and cherish.
It was on June 2, 1953, when the whole world witnessed the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II – the first coronation ceremony to be televised. According to Royal, 27 million people in the UK out of a population of 36 million watched the broadcast.
First time ‘walkabout’
Breaking with long-standing royal tradition, the Queen stepped out and greeted crowds of people during her tour of Australia and New Zealand in May 1970. Never before has a member of the royal family met so closely. with such a public.
The Queen sent her first email
At a time when the Internet was not even explored, Queen Elizabeth II became the first monarch to send an email. She used a network called ARPANET, a precursor to the World Wide Web.
Silver Jubilee Celebration
June 7, 1977 marked 25 years on the Queen’s throne, where she celebrated her Silver Jubilee at St. Paul. She was accompanied by her husband, Prince Philip, who stood tall beside her. The Queen has also visited Canada, Australia, New Zealand and extensively toured 36 counties in the United Kingdom, meeting with citizens of the Commonwealth where she is head of state.
Although the reign of the Queen is grand and magnificent, there is no shortage of ups and downs. In 1992, not only Prince Charles and Princess Diana separated, Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson also separated, which was a huge blow to the Royal family. Queen Elizabeth called it “annus horribilis”.
First person ever to open Buckingham Palace to the public
In 1993, the doors of Buckingham Palace were opened to the public for the first time in the history of the British monarchy. Proceeds from the entrance fee are used to rebuild the parts of Windsor Castle that were damaged in the 1992 fire.
When she visited the Republic of Ireland
It was in 1911 that King George V last visited Ireland in 1911, when it was part of Great Britain. However, Queen Elizabeth’s first state visit to the Free Republic of Ireland in 2011, made her the first monarch to do so.
In 2012, Queen Elizabeth II celebrated her Diamond Year – 60 years as Queen. She surpassed Queen Victoria’s record of 63 years and 216 days of reign.
Prince Philip’s Death
On 9 April 2021, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and husband of Queen Elizabeth II passed away at the age of 99. He is the longest serving royal in world history.
On 6 February this year (2022), the Queen of England became the first British monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee, marking 70 years of service to the people of the United Kingdom.
On Tuesday, September 6, Conservative Party leader Liz Truss was officially appointed Britain’s new Prime Minister by Queen Elizabeth II, becoming the country’s third female prime minister.
Two days later, the Queen was under medical supervision and doctors expressed concern about her health.
Unfortunately, the 96-year-old head of state has passed away.