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Sad news indeed

I shall mourn her passing. I have been fortunate enough to have met her at a formal function and she was absolutely charming

yes, she is the epitome of what a monarch should be
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I’m sorry to read this. I kinda thought her and Keith Richards would go sometime in the future, maybe even after I’m gone.

It occurs to me that my remark may sound disrespectful; I assure you it wasn’t meant to be.

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listening to BBC Radio 4 right now
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Originally posted by MikeinNC:
Someone correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t the country run by the PM and parliament? And the Monarchy is not involved with running the country, or does the Queen have final say in what parliament does?

The monarch has no real power. Her role is symbolic. She "appoints" the PM only after that person is chosen by his or her party. She opens and closes Parliament as a ceremony. She receives reports from the PM, but again, even this is largely symbolic. The monarch avoids making political comments.

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Originally posted by jhe888:
The monarch has no real power.
That is not strictly true: Five Surprising Powers British Monarchs Still Retain

She hasn't exercised those powers. I don't know if any British monarch has in modern history, but they do exist.

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and she is gone

Long Live the Queen
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Apparently just reported
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Originally posted by nhtagmember:
and she is gone

Long Live the Queen

God Save The King!
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May God keep her close. May the UK continue in peace.

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She was the Queen for my entire life as others have mentioned. I traveled to Canada a lot when I was living in WA, they also loved the Queen.

Queen Elizabeth II: The Monarch Who Ruled Over Britain for 70 Years Has Died Aged 96
She was the longest reigning monarch in British history and was head of state to 15 prime ministers
By Chris Summers
September 8, 2022 Updated: September 8, 2022

Queen Elizabeth II has died, aged 96. She was the longest reigning monarch in British history, and her reign of 70 years and 214 days.

The Prince of Wales is now King, having acceded to the throne immediately on the death of his mother.

In a statement, the Palace said: “The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon. The King and The Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral this evening and will return to London tomorrow.”

She was born, Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor, on Apr. 21, 1926. Her father was then known as Albert, Duke of York.

At the age of 10 her grandfather, King George V, died and was succeeded by his eldest son, Edward VIII, whose relationship with the American divorcee Wallis Simpson led to the abdication crisis of November 1936.

Edward VIII’s abdication meant her father was crowned King George VI. A shy and mild-mannered figure, he led Britain through the Second World War.

Princess Elizabeth was 13 when the war broke out and was evacuated from London to Windsor Castle from where, the following year, she made a radio broadcast on the BBC’s Children’s Hour programme.

Speaking to the hundreds of thousands of children who had been evacuated from Britain’s cities, she said: “My sister Margaret Rose and I feel so much for you, as we know from experience what it means to be away from those you love most of all. To you living in new surroundings, we send a message of true sympathy and at the same time we would like to thank the kind people who have welcomed you to their homes in the country.”

When she was 16 she was given the honorary role of colonel of the Grenadier Guards and inspected the regiment at Windsor Castle.

When she turned 18 in April 1944, she joined the British Army’s Auxiliary Territorial Service and had reached the rank of junior commander by the time of Germany’s surrender.

During the war, she also fell in love with a young naval officer, Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten, who was five years her senior, and a distant cousin.

He had been born into the Greek royal family—which had been restored in 1936, but was replaced by a republic in 1973—and was known as Prince Philip of Greece.

In 1947 Elizabeth and Philip married—and he became the Duke of Edinburgh. Their first child, Prince Charles, was born the following year.

Two years later they had a girl, who would become Princess Anne.

In February 1952 King George VI, a heavy smoker, died of cancer aged just 56.

Elizabeth and Philip had just set out for a tour of Australia and New Zealand but news of her father’s death reached them in Kenya and the couple immediately flew back to England.
Became Queen at the Age of 25

She was only 25 when she became Queen and her televised coronation in June 1953, as Elizabeth II, was a celebration that was seen as ending the era of post-war austerity and gloom.

The young Queen had two more children—Prince Andrew in 1960 and Prince Edward in 1964—and settled down to raising a family and ruling over an empire that was slowly disintegrating as colonies in Africa, the Caribbean, and elsewhere were granted independence.

She remained as head of state while 14 prime ministers came and went and had anointed her 15th premier, Liz Truss, earlier this week.

Queen Elizabeth II remained tactful and diplomatic throughout her reign, in contrast to her husband—who was known for his politically-incorrect gaffes—and her eldest son, the Prince of Wales, who would frequently comment on architecture, homeopathy, climate change, and any number of subjects.

Her stately demeanour endeared her to politicians from both the major British political parties. She was warmly greeted on state visits abroad by everyone from Emperor Hirohito of Japan and French President Francois Mitterand to the socialist dictator, Josip Tito of Yugoslavia.

Dark Years in the Nineties

On Christmas Day 1992 she famously described that year—which not only saw a devastating fire at Windsor Castle but also a string of unseemly revelations about the marriages of Prince Charles (to Princess Diana) and Prince Andrew (to Sarah Ferguson)—as an “annus horribilis.”

Five years later the Royal Family faced an even darker moment when Princess Diana, who had divorced Charles a year earlier, was killed in a car crash in Paris.

Platinum Jubilee

The Queen regained her popularity in the 21st century as, by now a senior citizen, she played grandmother and great-grandmother to a generation of new royals, including Prince William—who will now replace his 73-year-old father as heir to the throne—and Prince Harry.

She celebrated her platinum jubilee—the first time a British monarch had ever ruled for 70 years—earlier this year.

But she lost the love of her life, Prince Philip—who died last year, aged 99—and her own health began to fail her.

Earlier this year she said she had been left “very tired and exhausted” after catching the COVID-19 virus in February 2022.

One of her final engagements was saying goodbye to outgoing Prime Minister Boris Johnson and meeting his successor and, in a break from tradition, the ceremony was performed at her home at Balmoral in Aberdeenshire, rather than at Buckingham Palace, which may have indicated that she was too unwell to travel.


'Live long and prosper'
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Thank you all for your more than kind words.

She was my boss for thirty-three years, but my Queen for seventy.

G*d rest her brave soul.
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96 is a great run…


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I respected her much. She is leaving behind a huge pair of shoes to fill. A little teary-eyed here, and I'm a Yank.
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Well, she had a great long life, sharp of mind and healthy up until the end.

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she was my Queen for 63 years and I'm very sad

I don't think we shall ever see another life like hers - totally devoted to service like she did
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At her death, the world's longest-serving head of state and the last one to serve-- in any capacity-- in World War II. Most of her living subjects cannot remember another sovereign.

Also, one of the most consistent and loyal friends the United States had on the foreign stage. I am sad today, on many counts.
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Just one of those people I never thought about eventually seeing pass. My condolences to all affected and best wishes to the UK moving forward.

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We continue to lose members of the Greatest Generation, without whom, we would all certainly be living in a much different place right now. She was one of the greatest, indeed.

The world has changed today.


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Like many Americans, I never really understood the purpose of the monarchy, but I have always appreciated the fact that she was one of the few remaining symbols of class and decorum left on this planet.

All it all you got.
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She's the last of a bygone era, she outlived many of her contemporaries and through the arc of her reign, she somehow rehabilitated the image of her position, while the rest of the royals slogged through the spotlight of a public life. She embodied the statement, 'stepping up to the plate' upon the death of her father at such a young age. In this era of lost leadership and aimless national priorities, she understood her role. She was duty bound.

While I'm not a monarchist, I think for many American's we find the entire system and the culture around royalty & peerage fascinating. I think the majority would not want to be apart of such, however the various facets of world is interesting. If anything, it's a look into a world that was; today the Royals are more cultural icons, a living connection with the past and the living standard of a country's history. I'm sure those UK citizens and others will take a more cynical view but....that's for another day.

May she rest in peace and the UK continue onward with Charles.
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