Remembering Queen Elizabeth II: Monarch, Mother, and Grandmother

Elizabeth Windsor II, hailed as the longest-serving monarch of Britain, passes away peacefully on Thursday, September 8 in Balmoral, Scotland.

London Bridge has fallen down peacefully. Queen Elizabeth II, the longest reigning monarch in Great Britain died on Thursday, September 8. She was 96 years old. She ruled Britain for a good 7 decades.

The Buckingham Palace made the announcement at 1:32 AM on Twitter.

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

All members of the Royal Family have gathered in Scotland including her son Charles, who will now assume as King alongside his wife, Camilla, who is now Queen Consort.

Her death marks the end of an era and a new beginning for the Great Britain.

Princess Elizabeth: The woman who would become Queen

Born on April 21, 1926, Elizabeth was the eldest child of King George VI and his wife Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, who would later become Queen Elizabeth and Queen Mother. She has one sister, Princess Margaret, who died in 2002.

Nicknamed Lilibet by her family, Elizabeth became heir to the throne when her uncle, King Edward VIII abdicated that throne to marry Wallis SImpson, making her father, who was then the Duke of York the king.

After the death of her father, Elizabeth became Queen in 1952 at the age of 25. She was married to Prince Philip until his death in 2021. The couple has 4 children: Charles, now King Charles III, Anne, Princess Royal, Prince Andrew, Duke of York, and Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex.

She would reign for 70 years, celebrating her Platinum Jubilee last June.

Queen Elizabeth II: The mother

Elizabeth became queen at 25 and had two children as she started her reign. In various videos, Charles and Anne were seen alongside their grandmother, the Queen Mother as Elizabeth assumed the throne. Although she tried to be there as much as she can for her two children, her job as Queen came first. This left her two children under the care of nannies.

Her other two children, Andrew and Edward, although left with the nannies as well treasured the quality time they had with their mother in between duties. And although she has often been depicted as a “woman with no feelings”, she is also like any mother. She still feels her children’s pains through the years as each of her children confronted scandals and issues that became tabloid fodder.

She had her bad years too. In 1992, Queen Elizabeth II described the year as her “annus horribilis.” It was during the year she saw the end of her 3 children’s marriages; Charles, Anne, and Andrew. During the same year, a fire destroyed a part of Windsor Castle which forced her to pay taxes as the public complained about the cost of repairs as the country battled a recession.

She also tried to be by Andrew’s side as he battled allegations of sexual abuse when he was dragged in the Jeff Epstein case. She also was by her late husband’s side as he died in 2021.

Queen Elizabeth II: Beloved Grandmother and great-grandmother

Aside from being a mother, Queen Elizabeth was also a grandmother and great-grandmother. She helped Charles with helping Prince William and Harry process the death of their mother, the late Princess Diana, and has been constantly there for them. Her devotion to her other grandchildren from her other kids was unquestionable, interacting with them every chance she had.

She has also been fortunate enough to have seen various great-grandchildren, which includes William’s 3 kids and Harry’s 2 children.

Queen Elizabeth II’s death: A new era begins with King Charles III

The whole country of Great Britain and the Commonwealth is currently in a state of mourning this September 8, 2022. King Charles III released a statement hours after his mother’s death.

“The death of my beloved Mother, Her Majesty The Queen, is a moment of the greatest sadness for me and all members of my family,” he said.

“We mourn profoundly the passing of a cherished Sovereign and a much-loved Mother.  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.”

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