Queen Elizabeth II died: she was 96 years old. The last moments in Balmoral

Timeless farewell Lilibet. Queen Elizabeth IIborn Elizabeth Alexandra Mary, she is dead. And with it an era. Born on 21 April 1926, she became queen on 6 February 1952 at age 25 and was crowned on 2 June 1953 at Westminster Abbey in a ceremony broadcast around the world. On her head was the crown of St Edward the Confessor (the copy, ed.) with the gigantic Black Prince ruby.

Elizabeth died at the age of 96 in the beloved Balmoral Castle built in 1850 for Queen Victoria The official announcement came at 7:30pm with a statement from Buckingham Palace and the flag at half-mast, at the end of a long day that kept the world in suspense: “The Queen is peacefully dead at Balmoral this afternoon . The King and Queen Consort will remain at Bamoral this night and return to London tomorrow.”

Shortly after 12:30 pm on Thursday, 8 September, Buckingham Palace issued an exceptional statement: “Doctors are concerned for the Queen’s health and recommend that she remain under medical supervision.” Following the heir to the throne Charles, his sister Anna and brothers Andrea and Edoardo arrived at the Balmoral residence in Scotland, with them Prince William. The last Harry without Meghan Markle came out in London as Kate Middleton.

BBC reporters wore dark clothing in accordance with the “London Bridge is down” and “Unicorn” operation protocols in the event of Her Majesty’s death (the latter for the procedure to be adopted in Scotland), while a crowd of tourists and the British gathered outside the gates of Balmoral and Buckingham Palace to witness their affection for the sovereign.

The BBC stopped programming at 7:34 pm while broadcasting a tribute to Her Majesty. Messages of encouragement came from Heads of State and new British Prime Minister Liz Truss, who on Tuesday went to Balmoral to be nominated by Elizabeth. A resounding sign of a break with the tradition of more than ten years that foresees the formal assignment of the mission in London.

The ceremonial tear, however, had revealed how fragile the Queen’s health was, smiling yes, but very thin compared to the Platinum Jubilee of June 2022 and with a large bruise on her right hand, perhaps due to numerous infusions. . Now comes confirmation that the queen has been struggling with her health for nearly a year now.

Since last fall, when he had to withdraw from a series of public events due to what appeared to be lingering problems with his mobility, his eldest son Carlo had replaced him. Aside from references to typical age-related mobility issues, Buckingham Palace officials provided few details about his deteriorating health because they felt it was “a private matter”. With her solid royalty and her unanimously recognized sense of duty, Elizabeth fulfilled her promise to always serve her people. Serious, conscientious, patriotic, wise, dignified: none like her after her.

Source: IL Tempo