Buckingham Palace announces the death of Queen Elizabeth II… and an era

BREAKING NEWS: After 7 decades of loyal service, Queen Elizabeth II passes away. Buckingham Palace/Chris Jackson

Aaron Velez | Editor-in-Chief

September 8th, 2022

Early this morning, the royal family solemnly announced the death of 96-year-old Queen Elizabeth after an abrupt decline in her health. News broke first about The Queen being put under medical surveillance– a not too uncommon sight after a scary bout with Covid-19 and other basic age-related health concerns that had plagued her for the past several years; then, however, things got more serious as nearly every one of her immediate family members raced out to her Scottish Balmoral Palace before ultimately saying goodbye to their beloved matriarch.

“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” Buckingham’s official statement states.

The queen was the rock that kept the UK in check. From the rebuilding of the nation after WWII to the Covid-19 pandemic, she remained an idyllic figure of poise, power, and prestige that the nation and the world admired. Without her constant presence, the role of the monarchy is sure to come into question.

“What even is the monarchy without The Queen?” senior Ashley Jahed said. “Her name is synonymous with the name of the entire royal family.”

So what next?

For one thing, the United Kingdom must be ready for some clear changes. The Queen’s death comes only days after the country announced its new Prime Minister, Liz Truss, who will be watched carefully as she looks to bring the nation out of these tumultuous times. Most notably, it has been 70 years since the last time the Royal Crown was passed down. The monarchy will now go to her son, Charles III, but not without resistance. National mints will be shut down to change the currency. Flags will be placed at half-mast across the world. A new coronation must occur. And lastly, one of the grandest funeral proceedings in recent history will undoubtedly take place.

COLORS THROUGH THE YEARS: Compilation of photographs depict Queen Elizabeth’s colorful wardrobe. BBC News

“Even though many only saw her as a figurehead, Queen Elizabeth truly meant something to an entire world of people,” senior Tiffany Swart said. “I can’t believe she’s gone.”

For me personally, The Queen was an inspiration. Those who know me are aware of my frequent monochromatic outfits, put on several times a week in an homage to the monarch. Although it is not a shock to see her pass after 96 rich years of life, it is always hard to see your idols go.

The entire world’s eyes are on the United Kingdom after Queen Elizabeth’s parting, both in mourning and in curiosity. In all, Elizabeth’s mark on the world is unlikely to ever be topped by another English monarch. She commanded respect from the world’s most powerful leaders and adoration from billions globally. With her passing, we have lost one of the few truly eternal people on this Earth, and her reign will be immortalized in the pages of history.

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