A Fox News report stated it well: “Queen Elizabeth II, Britain’s longest-reigning monarch who served as the beloved face of her country and source of strength for seven decades, died Thursday at Balmoral Castle in Scotland. She was 96.”
The Queen was preceded in death by her husband, Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh. He died in April 2021 at age 99.
Elizabeth and Philip had four children: Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward.
Before her passing, a biographer commented on Buckingham Palace’s announcement that Queen Elizabeth II is under “medical supervision” and in “grave” condition.
Robert Hardman, author of “Queen of Our Times,” told Page Six News: “We knew that this was extremely serious when the palace released a statement that doctors were ‘concerned.'”
Hardman reported: “Reportedly, her family has traveled to her bedside.” Notably, all were wearing black, as are many of the nation’s news reporters.
Hardman noted in his report to Page Six that the “stoic monarch,” age 96, “dislikes any discussions about her health,” so the health alert announcement “signals how serious her condition must be.”
Robert Jobson, author of “William at 40: The Making of a Modern Monarch,” also noted that the palace’s statement was “unusual,” saying:
“I believe things are moving very fast right now. My thoughts are with the Queen and her family.”
On Thursday morning, Royal officials announced that Queen Elizabeth had been placed under medical supervision after doctors expressed concerns for her health.
Her Majesty, who celebrated her Platinum Jubilee in June, has served longer than any Monarch living today. She ascended to power after the death of her father on Feb. 6, 1952. The Queen has ruled the United Kingdom for more than 70 years. Her tenure is second only to French King Louis XIV, who died in 1715 after reigning for 72 years.
A royal spokesperson announced Thursday morning: “Following further evaluation this morning, the Queen’s doctors are concerned for Her Majesty’s health and have recommended she remain under medical supervision. The Queen remains comfortable and at Balmoral.”
Prince Charles, Camilla Parker Bowles, Prince William, and Prince Harry have traveled to Balmoral, Scotland, to be at the Queen’s bedside.
Prince Edward and his wife, Sophie, and Prince Andrew are said to be en route.
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