From Richard the Lionheart to Elizabeth I and Queen Victoria: HM Queen Elizabeth II of England died today 96 year-old, the longest-lived queen in history, with a legacy that will remain engraved in history. She is therefore dead the last great Queen.
In over 96 years of life, 70 of which spent on the throne of St. James, HM Queen Elizabeth II has retained the throne between two millennia, ascending to a destiny that transcends history. Elisabetta has played her role all the way, an eternal rock among a series of epochal changes, the indestructible passion for the ancient Windsor castle or for the Scottish one of Balmoral, where she expired, for the beloved horses and the beloved dogs Welsh Corgi.
Among the giants of history, through a personal journey that began between the two wars and continued from the 50s to swinging London in the 60s and 70s. Moving on from Margareth Thatcher, the Falklands War and the marriage between Charles and Diana, up to Tony Blair's New Labor.
Then the new millennium: the wars, the Olympics in London, the wedding of the century between William and Kate, Brexit, the global Covid pandemic and the death of his beloved Philip. From Winston Churchill to Liz Truss, from Truman to Trump and Biden.
The end of an Era
The official announcement came with a note from Buckingham Palace: "Her Majesty died peacefully this afternoon. The King and Queen consort will stay at Balmoral tonight and return to London tomorrow."
Liz Truss, the new British Prime Minister, who spoke to the nation from Downing Street, said: "Queen Elizabeth's death is a shock to the nation and to the whole world, she was a rock upon which the country was built.
A great era begins, God save the King! And let's support him, now loyalty and devotion to Charles III." Charles of Wales thus becomes HM the King Charles III. The new King, Charles III of the United Kingdom, said: "It is a moment of great sadness for me and for the whole family.
We are deeply saddened by the passing of a dear Sovereign and a much loved Mother. I know her loss. it will be deeply felt across the country, the Kingdoms and the Commponwealth. During this time of mourning and change, my family and I will be comforted and supported by our awareness of the respect and deep affection in which the Queen was so widely regarded."
Family members had been notified in the afternoon. And they showed up at the Scottish residence. There was no Meghan and neither Kate remained in London.
The official coronation in the presence of the archbishop of Canterbury will actually take place a few months after the death of the sovereign and of course she will also change the national anthem which will no longer be God save the Queen but God save the King. Even the royal coat of arms used for the missives will never be the same again.