Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain died yesterday afternoon – September 8 at the age of 96 at Balmoral Castle in Scotland. Buckingham Palace announced this.
The 73-year-old Prince Charles of Wales has become the new monarch of the United Kingdom. Tomorrow he will be officially declared king. He will rule under the name Charles III. Now he is in Scotland, in Balmoral Castle, where Elizabeth II stayed. Tomorrow he will return to London, where he will report on the farewell ceremonies.
The country began a ten-day mourning.
Now people continue to gather at Buckingham Palace, many carry flowers.
Flags are flown at half mast on all government buildings in central London.
Elizabeth II led the country for 70 years and in February of this year officially became the only British monarch to celebrate the platinum anniversary on the throne.
About her reign – Alexander Khabarov. Elizabeth II broke all records of tenure on the British throne, although only a case led to the fact that she ruled the United Kingdom for more than 70 years. The voluntary abdication of her uncle Edward VIII placed her in the first line of heirs.
On February 6, 1952, 25-year-old Elizabeth was with her husband in Kenya, where she learned of the death of her father.
A year later, her official accession to the throne took place.
Ahead of the procedure, scheduled for 10 days, among them the proclamation of Prince Charles as the new king.
The body of Elizabeth II must be delivered from Scotland to Buckingham Palace, then it will be transported to the Houses of Parliament, where it will remain for three days, so that everyone can say goodbye to Elizabeth II.
According to plans, the funeral ceremony should take place in Westminster Abbey, and the Queen will be buried in the chapel of Windsor Castle, next to her late husband Prince Philip.
Elizabeth II had many admirers around the world. Despite the fact that she did not formally participate in politics, it was the Queen who received the most important guests from other states in London.
She met with the first cosmonaut in the world, Yuri Gagarin, John F. Kennedy, Pope John Paul II.
In 2003, she hosted Russian President Vladimir Putin at Buckingham Palace.
The queen always behaved with restraint and was distinguished by her ability to joke.
She was very fond of animals: dogs and especially horses. As long as her health allowed, she did not miss important races and recklessly made bets.
This year, London solemnly celebrated the diamond jubilee of Elizabeth II’s tenure on the throne. This was the last time she, surrounded by relatives, appeared on the balcony of Buckingham Palace.
Her health began to deteriorate noticeably. She hardly appeared in public. The official announcement of the death of Queen Elizabeth II is now affixed to the gates of Buckingham Palace.