Her Majesty, The Queen passed away yesterday. We’re taking a look back at her life and legacy as the longest-reigning monarch in British History.

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On September 8, 2022, Her Majesty, The Queen passed away at Balmoral Castle in the United Kingdom. She was 96. Thoughtfully remembered as the “kind-hearted Queen,” Queen Elizabeth II was the longest reigning monarch in British History.

“I know her loss will be deeply felt throughout the country, the Realms and the Commonwealth, and by countless people around the world. During this period of mourning and change, my family and I will be comforted and sustained by our knowledge of the respect and deep affection in which The Queen was so widely held,” says King Charles III, who mourned his mother’s loss and automatically became king following her passing.

Upon news of the Queen’s death, Buckingham Palace also released a statement regarding members of the Royal Family:

“The King and The Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral this evening and will return to London tomorrow.”

In addition to King Charles and his wife Camilla, other members of the Royal Family were also by the Queen’s side, including Charles’ sons, Prince William and Harry.

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Queen Elizabeth II: Her Life In Pivotal Moments

Queen Elizabeth II reigned for 70 years on Britain’s Throne and made history as the nation’s longest-reigning monarch. She will forever be remembered as a true icon and leader as we take a look back at her life, highlighting key moments in her role as Her Majesty, The Queen, Head of the Commonwealth.

Elizabeth was born on April 26th, 1926 in London, England, and was the daughter of Prince Albert and Queen Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon. She was also the Grand-Daughter of King George V. Her Father, King George VI reigned in 1936 which allowed her to become heir. Elizabeth’s Dynasty is the House of Windsor

On November 20th, 1947 Princess Elizabeth married Prince Philip Mountbatten at Westminister Abbey, in London. In 1948, Princess Elizabeth then gave birth to her first son, Prince Charles III on November 14th, 1948.

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In 1952, King George VI died during Princess Elizabeth’s trip to Kenya, Africa, in which Princess Elizabeth would now ascend the throne as Queen Elizabeth II

Elizabeth’s official sworn-in ceremony (coronation) took place on November 4th, 1952 and was the first of its kind to be televised to the public.

In 1977 The Queen marked her Silver Jubilee, in which she reigned 25 years as monarch. She commemorated this with a tour of Commonwealth countries as well as a UK-based celebration.

In 1981, Queen Elizabeth’s son, Prince Charles, marries Lady Diana Spencer. The next year, Charles and Diana’s first child, Prince William, is born on June 21. Their second son, Prince Harry, is born two years later.

1992 marks Queen Elizabeth’s 40th year on the throne, which she dubbed her “annus horribilis” (horrible year).

2002 held multiple events. On March 30, Queen Elizabeth, the queen mother, died at Windsor Castle at the age of 101. From June 1-4, nationwide celebrations were held to celebrate Queen Elizabeth’s Golden Jubilee.

2012 was special in marking the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II.

On September 9, 2014 Queen Elizabeth becomes the nation’s longest-reigning monarch.

Elizabeth celebrated her 90th birthday on April 21, 2016. This is a milestone for the British Monarch, who was the first to do so. The following year on August 2, 2017, Philip pulls out of public life. On November 20, the pair celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary.

On April 9, 2021, Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth’s husband of 73 years, dies at the age of 99 at Windsor Castle.

The Platinum Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II is celebrated in 2022.

Later that year, Queen Elizabeth passes away peacefully on September 8, 2022.

Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Responds To The News

Upon learning the news of Her Majesty The Queen’s passing, Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, issued the following statement to his fellow Canadian citizens. Below is a snippet of quotes pulled from the passage, in which the full version can also be found here.

“It is with the heaviest of hearts that we learned of the passing of Canada’s longest-reigning Sovereign, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

“Her Majesty vowed to devote her life to the service of the Commonwealth and its people. On behalf of all Canadians, I thank Queen Elizabeth II for honouring this vow and for a lifetime of service.

“Her Majesty’s reign spanned so many decades – a period when we came into our own as a confident, diverse, and forward-looking country. It is her wisdom, compassion, and warmth that we will always remember and cherish.

“On behalf of the Government of Canada, I express our heartfelt condolences to members of the Royal Family during this most difficult time.”

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Celebrities React To The News

Celebrities around the world mourned the loss of Queen Elizabeth II and expressed their grief upon learning that she had peacefully passed away earlier in the day.

Stars such as Sofia Richie and Victoria Beckham took to their Instagram pages to share images and write heartfelt messages.

Actress Julie Andrews said this:

“A page in history has turned today. Along with millions of others, I mourn the passing of our beloved Queen Elizabeth II,” the Sound of Music star said in a statement following the monarch’s death. “It feels as though we lost a friend: a dedicated Monarch who inspire all of us with her love, wisdom and grace. May we honour her by holding to the standards she set for herself and her nation.”

“RIP Queen Elizabeth. You will be missed.” “You’re beloved … a queen, a mother, a grandmother, a legend, who has exhibited grace, patience, respect, honor and true leadership to your country who adores you. The world has lost the rarest most beautiful gem the crown has ever seen.”

Mick Jagger also shared the below:

“For my whole life Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II has always been there,” the Rolling Stones frontman wrote via Instagram. “In my childhood I can recall watching her wedding highlights on TV. I remember her as a beautiful young lady, to the much beloved grandmother of the nation. My deepest sympathies are with the Royal family.”

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The funeral for Queen Elizabeth at Westminster Abbey will follow an 11-day mourning period. Queen Elizabeth II will be deeply missed by millions across the world.

The Queen’s monarch lives on through the Royal Family as newly appointed King Charles III takes the throne.

Published by HOLR Magazine.