Queen Elizabeth II with her family on the balcony on the last day of the festivities for her Platinum Jubilee.
Her reign will have been the longest in the United Kingdom: Elizabeth II passed away on Thursday, surrounded by members of her family, in her Scottish residence of Balmoral. She was 96 years old. With her passing, an uncertain era begins for the British crown to which she has dedicated her life.
Sign of the times, it is on the Internet that the royal family warns the whole world. Coming from Buckingham Palace, the news drops at 6:30 p.m. local time: The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon.
The flags are put up half-mast while the BBC plays God Save the Queen.
His death immediately propels Charles, his eldest son, to the throne. We deeply mourn the passing of a cherished sovereign and a beloved mother, said the one now bearing the name Charles III.
La day had started with uncertainty. It was that the day before, the palace had announced that the queen had postponed an online meeting, after her doctors advised her to rest.
Thursday noon in Parliament, Prime Minister Liz Truss has just announced a household assistance package to help offset rising energy costs when her Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs hands her a note.
Liz Truss, whom the Queen had invited two days ago to form a new government, leaves the House of Commons without a word. She is followed soon after by her leader of the opposition, opening the door to a thousand speculations.
On Twitter, Liz Truss publishes that the whole country is concerned about the #x27;state of health of Elizabeth II.
And then comes the confirmation: the long reign of Elizabeth II has just come to an end.
Following the announcement of the death, the Prime Minister delivered a speech outside 10 Downing Street, saluting a Queen loved and admired around the world.
Queen Elizabeth II smiles during a visit for the official opening of the new Thames Hospice building, on July 15, 2022 in Maidenhead, England.
The Queen's disappearance, whose state of health had deteriorated for a year, arouses immense emotion in the United Kingdom and in the world.
Symbol of stability having crossed imperturbable the times and crises, she had rubbed shoulders, since the death of her father George VI in 1952, when she was only 25, with Nehru, Charles de Gaulle or Mandela, who called her my friend.
During her reign, she witnessed the construction and then the fall of the Berlin Wall, and met 12 American presidents.
The death of the sovereign, who had limited appearances since a night in the hospital in October 2021 and had recognized difficulty in moving, opens a period of national mourning, until his funeral in ten days.
Televisions and radios interrupted their programs to announce the death of the sovereign, a widow since the death in April 2021 of her husband Philip.
The flags were lowered and the Church bells rang to mark the disappearance of the one who, very religious, was also the head of the Anglican Church.
Princes William, Andrew and Edward and the latter's wife arrived at Balmoral Castle on Thursday to visit Queen Elizabeth II.
The record-breaking monarch and hugely popular, whose 70th anniversary the UK celebrated in June, has seen her health deteriorate since she spent a night in hospital there. almost a year, for reasons never specified.
She now appeared only rarely in public, her services suggesting episodic mobility issues. She had been delegating an increasing part of her duties to her son Charles for months. In particular, in May he gave the Speech from the Throne to Parliament for the first time in his place, one of his essential constitutional functions.
The Queen formalized Tuesday the appointment of Liz Truss as Prime Minister, her 15th head of government. She had decided to stay at Balmoral instead of returning to London, where the transition usually takes place, due to her health problems.
Images released by the palaces showed the sovereign smiling, leaning on a cane and shaking hands with the new leader.
Liz Truss was received by the 96-year-old sovereign at Balmoral Castle, Scotland. Elizabeth II. She remained almost absent from this platinum jubilee, showing only twice briefly on the balcony of Buckingham Palace in front of tens of thousands of people.
A few weeks later, however, she showed up several times for public appearances in Scotland, appearing smiling and with a cane during an armed forces parade in Edinburgh in late June.
Elizabeth II has been a widow since the death of her husband Philippe in April 2021, shortly before her 100th birthday. The declining health of the Queen, who came to the throne on February 6, 1952, at the age of 25, after the death of her father George VI, has revived questions about the future of the monarchy.
Alongside Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Queen Elizabeth II greets her subjects at the end of the Jubilee pageant platinum from Buckingham Palace, London.
The institution has been rocked by a series of scandals in recent months: allegations of sexual assault in the United United against his son Andrew, who ended it by paying millions of dollars, as well as allegations of racism against the royal family, from his grandson Harry and his wife Meghan Markle, now based in California and at odds with the rest of the family.
After Elizabeth II looks more complicated with Charles, whose popularity is much lower. The British prefer Prince William and his wife Kate.
With information from Agence France-Presse, Reuters, BBC, and New York Times