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Queen Elizabeth II, Britain’s Longest Reigning Monarch, Dies At 96

Queen Elizabeth II was the second-longest reigning monarch in history, after France’s Louis XIV.

New Delhi:

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, who was the second-longest reigning monarch in history, after France’s Louis XIV, died yesterday at the age of 96. Several leaders across the world have issued statements paying tribute to her.

She died peacefully at her estate in Balmoral, Scotland , according to a statement from Buckingham Palace.

Queen Elizabeth II’s eldest son, Charles, succeeds as king immediately, according to centuries of protocol, beginning a new, less certain chapter for the royal family after the queen’s record-breaking 70-year reign.

“The death of my beloved Mother, Her Majesty The Queen, is a moment of the greatest sadness for me and all members of my family,” King Charles said in a statement.

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When Queen Elizabeth Called Jallianwala Bagh A “Distressing Example”

Queen Elizabeth’s final visit to India was to mark the 50th anniversary celebrations of India’s Independence and for the first time she made a reference to “difficult episodes” of colonial history.

“It is no secret that there have been some difficult episodes in our past. Jallianwala Bagh is a distressing example,” the monarch noted in her banquet address. Read here
Prince Harry Leaves Balmoral Castle: Report

Queen Elizabeth’s grandson, Prince Harry, has left Balmoral Castle this morning, BBC reported. He had traveled to Scotland without wife Meghan Markle after Queen Elizabeth’s doctors issued a bulletin about the monarch’s health yesterday.

Roger Federer Hails Queen Elizabeth’s “Grace, Elegance”

Roger Federer hailed Queen Elizabeth II for her “elegance” and “grace” as the world of sport stopped to pay tribute to the British monarch following her death aged 96.

“I am deeply saddened by the passing of Her Royal Majesty,” tweeted Federer, who met the queen when she visited Wimbledon in 2010.

“Her elegance, grace and loyalty to her duty will live on in history,” added the eight-time Wimbledon champion, who was not playing at the US Open.

China’s Xi Offers ‘Sincere Sympathies’ To Britain After Queen’s Death

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday offered “sincere sympathies to the British government and people” following the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

“Xi Jinping, representing the Chinese government and the Chinese people, as well as in his own name, expresses deep commitment,” a statement said, adding: “Her passing is a great loss to the British people.”

The Queen On Screen: She Inspired Spoofs, Dramas, Comedy Shows

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth fascinated Hollywood writers and actors during her seven-decade reign and was portrayed on screen in award-winning dramas, animation and even US comedy sketch show “Saturday Night Live.”

Queen Elizabeth made a compelling subject because she played a role in major world events and because her life story had a “very human element,” said People magazine editor-in-chief Wendy Naugle. Read here.
“Role Model For Leadership”: Saudi Arabia King, Crown Prince On Queen Elizabeth

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz and the Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman sent condolences to British King Charles III early on Friday on Queen Elizabeth’s death, according to two statements on state news agency SPA.

“Her majesty was a role model for leadership that will be immortalized in history,” the King said.

The kingdom’s de facto ruler Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said the world will remember the great impact and the great deeds she did throughout her career.

Queen Elizabeth II To ‘Lie In State’ In Westminster Hall For 4 Days Ahead Of Funeral

After Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin returns to London, she will “lie in state” in Westminster Hall for about four days before her funeral, BBC reported. This would allow members of the public to file past.

The grand hall is the oldest part of the Palace of Westminster, at the heart of British government. The last member of the Royal Family to lie in state in the hall was the Queen Mother in 2002.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken Condoles Queen’s Death

Joe Biden Orders US Flags To Half Staff In Honor Of Queen Elizabeth II

US President Joe Biden ordered flags at the White House and other federal buildings to be lowered to half-staff Thursday “as a mark of respect” for Britain’s late Queen Elizabeth II.

Flags will also be lowered on US Navy vessels, at military posts and naval stations, and at all American embassies and other facilities abroad, a proclamation from the White House said.

“Queen Elizabeth’s Death Great Loss For The World”: Japan PM Fumio Kishida

The death of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II is a “great loss” for the entire world, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said Friday.

“The death of the queen, who led Britain through turbulent times in the world, is a great loss not only for the British people but also the international community,” he told reporters.

Kishida praised the queen’s “extremely important role in world peace and stability,” saying she “contributed greatly to the strengthening of Japan-UK relations”.

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