Queen Elizabeth II died after more than seventy years on the throne of the United Kingdom

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At the age of 96, including 70 years and 214 days on the British throne, Queen Elizabeth II died. She will succeed her son Carlo.

An era ends, for the UK and beyond. The queen died on Thursday 8 September 2022 Elizabeth II. The increasingly insistent rumors about the deterioration of his health, which had been chasing each other for several hours, proved to be well founded. The Queen passed away at the age of 96 in Balmoral Castle, Scotland, surrounded by her family. She will be succeeded by the first of her four children, Carlo.

The seventy years of reign of Queen Elizabeth II

Born in London on April 21, 1926, Elizabeth II became queen at the age of 25, on the death of her father George VI. The coronation ceremony of June 2, 1953 broke with tradition, because it was the first to be broadcast on television: thanks to an intuition of Philip of Edinburghher husband since November 20, 1947, who would remain by her side all his life.

With a duration of 70 years and 214 days, the reign of Elizabeth II is the longest in British history: in 2015 she broke the previous record of 63 years, 7 months and 3 days set by her great-great-grandmother, Queen Victoria. Seventy years in which you, by virtue of your role as head of state, have conferred the position on fifteen prime ministers, from Winston Churchill in the 1950s to Margareth Thatcher in the 1980s, to Tony Blair, Gordon Brown, David Cameron, Theresa May and Boris Johnson. The latest appointment dates back to 6 September: it is that of Liz Truss, the new conservative prime minister.

Elizabeth II and Philip of Edinburgh receive Barack and Michelle Obama in 2016 © Jack Hill – Wpa Pool / Getty Images

A personality that has gone through a century of history

Without ever becoming politically unbalanced, as her super partes role required her, Queen Elizabeth II went through a century of history. There was during the Suez crisis of the 1950s which marked the UK’s decline on the international stage, leading to the progressive decolonization of what had once been the British Empire. It was there in 1973 when the UK joined the European Communityand there was in 2016 when citizens came together for Brexit.

He met personally thirteen presidents of the United States, from Harry Truman to Joe Biden. He spoke to the nation during the 1991 Gulf War and on Victory day, the 75th anniversary of the victory of World War II, which happened in the hardest moments of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The war generation knew that the best way to honor those who didn’t return was to make sure it didn’t happen again. The greatest tribute to their sacrifice is that the countries that were once sworn enemies are now friends, working side by side for the peace, health and prosperity of us all.

Queen Elizabeth II, address to the nation on Victory day, 9 May 2020

Morigerate by character, in recent years she has unexpectedly expressed a certain sensitivity towards i environmental issues. Promising to lead by example firsthand and, above all, inviting the leaders gathered for COP26 in Glasgow to take the fight against the climate crisis seriously.

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