Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom died on Thursday while in Balmoral Castle, her private residence in Scotland, where she had been resting under medical supervision. She was surrounded by her familiy, including her eldest son, Prince Charles, and his wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, and her grandson Prince William along with his wife, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, and their children.
The Queen was 96 years old and had begun her reign in 1952, age 25, upon the death of her father, George VI.
On her 21st birthday then Princess Elizabeth, heir presumptive to the British throne, gave a speech while on tour with her parents in the south of Africa where she stated: "I declare before you all that my whole life, whether it be long or short, shall be devoted to your service and the service of our great imperial family to which we all belong."
Following her pledge, Elizabeth II was crowned in Westminster Abbey in London on the 2nd of June 1953 and held the position of Queen of the United Kingdom and Head of the Commonwealth for 70 years through which she became a symbol of stability in the face of the many changes that took place during the second half of the 20th century and first two decades of the 21st.
Her Platinum Jubilee, a first in British History, was celebrated in London from 2nd to 5th June, 2022, with other initiatives and events across the United Kingdom and the nations of the Commonwealth throughout the year.
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