Queen Elizabeth is unique and won’t be duplicated.
At the ripe old age of 96, the UK’s longest-reigning monarch ever passed away after dedicating her entire life to her kingdom.
It is nothing short of amazing that Elizabeth ruled England for 70 years. She witnessed the inauguration and resignation of 15 different prime ministers, beginning with the legendary Winston Churchill and finishing just a few days ago with Liz Truss.
She will be missed, and to say so, would be dramatic understatement. Charles was formally crowned King at the weekend, continuing the British royal family’s nearly 1,000-year tradition, but it’s unlikely that any other monarch will ever command the same level of affection and respect as Queen Elizabeth did.
Despite being terrible, her death was maybe not all that unexpected given the declining condition she had been showing since losing her devoted husband Prince Philip the previous year.
While she was able to continue to celebrate her Platinum Jubilee despite having to postpone numerous engagements in the latter part of last year, many people worried that the end might be slowly drawing near.
However, Rt Rev Dr. Iain Greenshields said that the Queen appeared to be doing okay throughout the weekend.
After giving a sermon, he stayed with the Queen, telling the Daily Mail that they shared dinner on Saturday and lunch on Sunday. She was “full of fun,” he continued.
She was in unbelievably terrific form during the weekend, so Greenshields said it “came as a tremendous shock to me when I learned she was severely unwell.”
“She was everything’s life and soul. She was quite remarkable. She was talking to me very candidly about her time there when she was a young girl, recalling people and places from 40 years ago, naming her old horses, and much more.
Elizabeth’s final photographs were captured by photographer Jane Barlow. The Queen greeted Liz Truss, Britain’s next prime minister, in Balmoral just a few days before she passed away.
Jane Barlow asserts in an interview that the Queen was “fragile” yet in a pleasant mood when she took the photos. Elizabeth II was courteous and professional all the way to the end, as we have all learned.
She told Sky News that she gave her “a lot of smiles.”
After the photo shoot, Barlow walked out of the room. The Queen then gave her another smile.
“I was there to take pictures of her meeting the new Prime Minister, but I thought the Queen by herself was the finest shot,” the photographer said. And it is now obviously of greater significance.
In fact, alarming rumours that the Queen was having health problems surfaced last Thursday. When royals from all across the UK and abroad started to arrive at the monarch’s Balmoral residence, it became clear that the rumours were genuine.
Last Thursday night, Buckingham Palace issued the following statement:
“The Queen passed away peacefully this afternoon at Balmoral. The King and the Queen Consort will spend this evening and tomorrow in Balmoral before travelling back to London.
At 6:30 o’clock, the flag above Buckingham Palace was lowered to half-mast. local time, while the customary official notice of the Queen’s passing was displayed on the palace gates.
Charles, formerly known as the Prince of Wales, is now the King of the United Kingdom and the 14 Commonwealth realms. He is the eldest son and heir of the Queen.
In a statement, King Charles said, “The passing of my dear Mother, Her Majesty The Queen, is a moment of the deepest anguish for me and all members of my family.
“We deeply lament the loss of a beloved Mother and beloved Sovereign. I am confident that the nation, the Realms, the Commonwealth, as well as a large number of people all over the world, will be devastated by her passing.