Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II died peacefully at Balmoral on the afternoon of 8th September 2022, aged 96.
Her Majesty ruled for longer than any other Monarch in British history, ascending to the throne aged just 25. She reigned for over 70 years as the dedicated Head of State and Head of the Commonwealth.
The Queen was served by 15 UK Prime Ministers during her reign, beginning with Winston Churchill in 1952, as well as many Prime Ministers across her Realms.
Throughout Her Majesty’s daily working life she was in contact with UK and Commonwealth ministers and representatives, dealing with the red dispatches boxes that carried State papers and meeting regularly with her Prime Ministers. The Queen had links – as Royal Patron or President – with over 500 charities, professional bodies and public service organisations. She was also Head of the Armed Forces.
The UK honours system enabled The Queen to confer titles such as MBEs, OBEs and CBEs on people from all walks of life in public recognition of their merit, service or bravery. Garden Parties at Buckingham Palace and the Palace of Holyroodhouse, receptions and other awards given in her name also allowed Her Majesty to say ‘thank you’ to just some of those who had made a significant contribution to the life of the nation.
The Queen’s husband His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, who died 9th April 2021, was a constant by her side accompanying her on visits in the UK and overseas and for all of her ceremonial duties, from the State Opening of Parliament to State Visits and annual Remembrance events.
The eldest of their four children, formally known as The Prince of Wales, now ascends the throne as King Charles III.
The Queen’s State Funeral will take place at Westminster Abbey on Monday 19th September at 1100hrs BST. Prior to the State Funeral, The Queen will Lie-in-State in Westminster Hall for four days, to allow the public to pay their respects.