Queen Elizabeth II dead at 96 after 70 years on the throne
LONDON (AP) — Buckingham Palace says Queen Elizabeth II, Britain’s longest-reigning monarch, has died. She was 96. Elizabeth spent more than seven decades on the throne as the U.K. rebuilt from war, lost an empire, transformed its economy and both entered and left the European Union. She was a constant presence, the only monarch most Britons have ever known, and she guided the institution of the monarchy through choppy waters. She likely met more people than anyone in history, and her image, which adorned stamps, coins and bank notes, was among the most reproduced in the world. But her inner life and opinions remained largely an enigma. The impact of her loss will be huge, and unpredictable.
Queen Elizabeth II has died: Live updates
Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese says the death of Queen Elizabeth II is a time of mourning for the people in Britain, across the Commonwealth and around the world. He said in statement she is the only reigning monarch most Australians have known and the only one to ever to visit their country. He says she was a rare and reassuring constant amidst rapid change. He says she embodied and exhibited a timeless decency and an enduring calm. through the noise and turbulence of the years. The British monarch is Australia’s official head of state, although these days the role is considered primarily ceremonial.
After a lifetime of preparation, Charles takes the throne
LONDON (AP) — Prince Charles has been preparing to be king his entire life. Now his moment has arrived. Following the death of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, Charles is now the oldest person to take the British throne. No date has been set for the coronation of King Charles III. But Charles faces the enormous challenge of building the same sort of affection that characterized the relationship between his mother and the British public. Will Charles be loved by his subjects, like his mother was? It’s a question that has overshadowed his entire life.
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