Queen Elizabeth II dies: Mourning and funerals in the United Kingdom

London. – The Queen isabel II He passed away this Thursday after 70 years on the throne as monarch of the United Kingdom. He was 96 years old. The Buckingham Palace announced that he died in Balmoral Castlehis summer residence in Scotland.

Elizabeth Alexandra Mary became Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom, after the death of her father in 1952. She was monarch from February 6, 1952 until this Thursday, September 8, 2022.

Queen Elizabeth II had always been a link to the nearly vanished generation that fought in the Second World War, she was the only queen most Britons have ever known.

After his death, the successor to the throne is his son, Prince Carloswho automatically becomes king, at 73 years of age. However, the coronation as King Carlos III could take a few months. Also, he can choose another name, such as monarch.

After learning about his death, at the age of 96, the BBC broadcast the British national anthem “God Save the Queen”, with a portrait of the monarch in full royal attire when his death was announced.

At the iconic Buckingham Palace, the main seat of the British monarchy, the flag was lowered to half-staff, to mark the end of the second Elizabethan era.

Repercussions of the death of Queen Elizabeth II

This September 8, 2022 goes down in history as a day of mourning for England and the more than 50 member countries of the Commonwealth of Nations.

The AP indicates that the impact of Elizabeth’s death will be enormous and unpredictable for Britain and for the monarchy, an institution that managed to guide through decades of enormous social change and family scandals.

Isabel II from a very young age knew the responsibilities of the monarchy. /AP

At the age of 14, as a princess, Elizabeth made her first public broadcast, in 1940, when England was in the midst of Second World War. The message was addressed to children evacuated to the countryside or to other countries.

“We children at home are full of joy and courage,” he said with a mix of stoicism and hope that would echo throughout his reign. “We are trying to do everything we can to help our gallant soldiers, sailors and air force officers. And we are also trying to bear our own burden of danger and sadness of war. We know, each one of us, that in the end we all we will be fine”.

Beginnings of the reign of Elizabeth II, while still very young

From February 6, 1952, Elizabeth reigned over a Great Britain that experienced a series of changes, both social and political. during his monarchythe UK rebuilt from the war and lost its empire

Later, for political reasons, she joined the European Union and also left it (with the so-called Brexit) and in those times of instability, the presence of Queen Elizabeth II was always a symbol of unity.

During the years of his reign, Britain was transformed from an industrial powerhouse into an uncertain 21st-century society. Before her, more than ten prime ministers paraded, beginning with the emblematic Winston Churchilluntil Boris Johnson.

Little by little, with the years and complications of her health, Queen Elizabeth became less visible. Despite this, she never relinquished control of the monarchy and as an essential part of Britain’s national life, she celebrated her Platinum Jubilee, for her 70 years on the throne, with parties and parades in June 2022.

Elizabeth II was married for more than 73 years to Prince Philip, who died just in April 2021, at the age of 99. With her more than seven decades on the throne, Queen Elizabeth II became the second longest-reigning monarch in history, behind Louis XIV, King of France in the 17th century, who ascended the throne at age 4 while she started at 21.

That reign finally ends this Thursday, September 8, 2022, with her death at the age of 96, surrounded by family and medical personnel.