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Queen Elizabeth II ‘Died Peacefully’ At 96

Queen Elizabeth has passed away peacefully this afternoon at age 96. King Charles III has taken the throne.

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Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II passed away at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on Thursday, at the age of 96, with her son, King Charles III, succeeding her.

Elizabeth’s death came after a short period of illness announced only earlier today. She was last seen in public on Tuesday, when she confirmed Liz Truss would serve as the United Kingdom’s next Prime Minister.

In a statement, The Royal Family announced that Elizabeth “died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon,” and revealed that King Charles III and Queen Consort Camilla will remain at the castle before returning to London tomorrow.

Born in Mayfair, London, on April 21st, the first child of the then Duke and Duchess of York, she became the heir to the throne after her uncle, King Edward VIII, abdicated the throne on the first year of his reign in 1936, deciding to step down to marry an American divorcée, Wallis Simpson.

Her father became George VI, and ruled during the Second World War, when she made her first speech to the nation.

George VI passed away in 1952 while Elizabeth was overseas in Kenya, as part of a royal tour of the world. She ascended to the throne as Queen Elizabeth II, declaring that she would devote her life to the service “of our great imperial family to which we all belong.”

Her coronation in 1953 was the first major world event to be broadcast internationally on television.

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Reigning for over 70 years, the Queen became the second longest reigning monarch in history in 2022, surpassing Thailand’s King Rama IX, but behind the French King Louis XIV, responsible for building the Palace at Versailles, by two years.

Queen Elizabeth met virtually every modern U.S. President, having met President Dwight Eisenhower in the United States on her first state visit.

During her time as head of state, she oversaw the decolonisation of much of the British Empire, despite remaining head of state, or monarch, of a number of former colonies, including Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Jamaica, and other possessions. Barbados was the last former colony to become a republic under her reign, in November of 2021.

14 American Presidents served during her time on the throne, with the monarch meeting each of them. She met President Joe Biden last year.

16 British Prime Ministers also served over Queen Elizabeth’s time as Sovereign, with Her Majesty only having appointed the most recent, Liz Truss, on Tuesday of this week.

Winston Churchill, who was the Prime Minister when she took office, was born 101 years before Truss.

Queen Elizabeth and Winston Churchill

Queen Elizabeth and Winston Churchill in 1950

Her son, King Charles III, takes the throne as the next monarch of the United Kingdom.

In his first statement as the country’s reigning monarch, King Charles mourned his mother’s passing, describing it as “a moment of great sadness for me and all members of my family.”

“We mourn profoundly,” wrote Charles. “I know her loss well be deeply felt throughout the country, the realms and the Commonwealth, and by countless people around the world.”

United Kingdom Prime Minister Liz Truss, who was one of the last to speak with Elizabeth before her death, spoke shortly after her death was announced.

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“She was the very spirit of Great Britain,” said Truss, “and that spirit will endure.” In her brief statement, Truss appeared to reveal for the first time that Charles has chosen the regnal name King Charles III.

“It is a day of great loss, but Queen Elizabeth II leaves a great legacy. Today the crown passes, as it has done for more than 1,000 years, to our new monarch, our new head of state, His Majesty King Charles III.”

It has since been confirmed that Charles will take the regnal name King Charles III.

This is a breaking news article and may be updated with additional information as it becomes available.

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Jack Hadfield is the Associate Editor at Valiant News. An investigative reporter from the UK, and the director and presenter of "Destination Dover: Migrants in the Channel, his work has appeared in such sites as Breitbart and The Political Insider. You can follow him on Gab @JH, on Telegram @JackHadders, or see his other social media by visiting jackhadfield.co.uk.

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    fran

    September 8, 2022 at 1:33 pm

    two nights ago i dream of her death ..

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    Darryl

    September 8, 2022 at 4:05 pm

    who gives a rat’s ass???? the British royals are one of the largest crime families ever.

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    Lionel

    September 8, 2022 at 4:31 pm

    Pls subscribe this email. Tired of sorting thru all the get rich schemes here and deletion of good comments.

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