King Charles III, Automatically Becomes The Monarch Of The UK
Queen Elizabeth II, Britain’s longest-reigning monarch, died peacefully at the age of 96 at her Scottish estate, where she had spent much of the summer. She was placed under medical supervision for failing health, plunging the U.K. into mourning and giving the country its first new head of state in 70 years, her eldest son, King Charles III, automatically becomes The monarch of 14 additional countries, including Australia, Canada, and New Zealand, in addition to the United Kingdom. Her family hastened to be by her side at her Scottish home, Balmoral Castle, when physicians expressed concern over her health. She had been forced to postpone nearly all of her public appearances since the end of last year due to what Buckingham Palace has described as "episodic mobility problems." As the country got ready for an official period of grief, tributes poured in from all over the world, and flags were lowered nationwide in the U.K. On Sunday, September 11, India declared a day of national mourning to recognise the passing of Elizabeth II, the Queen of the United Kingdom.
The funeral of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth will be held on Monday, September 19 at 10 a.m. GMT (3.30 p.m. IST). From Wednesday until the morning of the burial, which will take place at London's Westminster Abbey, it will then lie in state at Westminster Hall. In the coming days, the coffin will be taken from Balmoral Castle to Edinburgh on Sunday by road, to arrive at the Palace of Holyroodhouse to rest in the Throne Room until Monday afternoon before being flown to London on Tuesday. From Wednesday until the morning of the burial, which will take place at London's Westminster Abbey, it will then lie in state at Westminster Hall. The coffin will be transported in procession from Westminster Abbey to London's Wellington Arch after the state burial before continuing to Windsor. The State Hearse will travel in procession from Windsor to St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle, where the monarch and her late husband Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, will be laid to rest.
Elizabeth, the first child of the then-Duke and Duchess of York, was born on April 21, 1926. Princess Margaret Rose was her sibling who was younger. When her uncle, the illegitimate King Edward VIII, abdicated in December 1936, "Lilibet"—then ten years old—became the heir presumptive. She enlisted in the Auxiliary Territorial Service for the Second World War in 1945 when she was 18 years old. By the time the war was over, she had advanced to the rank of junior commander from subaltern. Princess Elizabeth first met Prince Philip in 1934 at the wedding of his cousin Princess Marina of Greece and Denmark. They were introduced on November 20, 1947, when Princess Elizabeth wed her third Cousin Prince Philip. Prince Charles, the first of the Princess' four children, was born in 1948. Prince Andrew, Prince Edward, and Princess Anne were all born between 1950 and 1964. Elizabeth was next in line to become king after her father, George VI. When her father King George VI passed away on February 6, 1952, Queen Elizabeth II, who was also the world's oldest and longest-serving head of state, ascended to the throne at the age of barely 25. It was the first coronation in Britain to be televised.
She is credited with restoring the monarchy; immediately after ascending to the throne, she undertook a seven-month globe tour and contributed to the successful integration of the British Empire into the Commonwealth of Nations. In the 1960s and 1970s, she toured often throughout the Commonwealth even as a rising number of African and Caribbean nations gained independence. One of the most challenging times throughout her reign was during the 1980s and 1990s, when public attention on the royal family increased, with a particular focus on Charles and Princess Diana's miserable marriage. In 1992, the year of the queen's terrible year, when Charles and Diana divorced and a significant fire broke out at Windsor Castle, the family's popularity fell. Following the passing of Princess Diana in a vehicle accident in 1997, the public at first expressed open hostility toward the monarch amid an outpouring of grief before she paid a moving homage to the princess during a live television broadcast. Even when new scandals have rocked the family in recent years, she has remained a constant in the lives of all Britons and regained her popularity to become more revered than ever.
The queen gradually reduced in-person meetings during her final year of life as she struggled with poor health and used a cane to go around, especially following the death of her husband Prince Philip in 2021. But she continued to do her constitutional obligations. She appointed Ms. Truss during a meeting at Balmoral on Tuesday. At the appointment of Prime Minister Liz Truss on September 6 at Balmoral in Scotland, Queen Elizabeth was last captured on camera. The queen had participated in this practice of selecting a new prime minister 15 times during her reign. She chose to select Truss from Scotland instead of returning to Buckingham Palace, breaking with precedent. Brits under the age of 70 grew up knowing only one monarch, therefore the death of the queen is a turning point for the country. She represented national identity and was the most obvious link to the nation's imperial past.