Queen Elizabeth II dead at 96

Queen Elizabeth II died at age 96 in Balmoral Castle, Scotland. She was the longest-reigning monarch leader in British history. She reigned as Queen of the United Kingdom for 70 years.

Queen Elizabeth II was born on April 21, 1926, to King George VI and Queen Elizabeth (Queen Mother). Elizabeth II was born into royalty as Princess Elizabeth of York. After her father passed away in 1952, Princess Elizabeth was appointed Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom.

Elizabeth II has seen many things in her time; World War II, the Cold War, and the Korean War are just a few of the major events. Although she wasn’t Queen yet during WWII, she played a vital role as Princess in the Battle of Britain.

In the last 10 years, she has done many remarkable things. In 2013, she passed The Crown Act, which says that succession will be disassociated from gender for equal opportunity in her country. One example is her great granddaughter Princess Charlotte is closer in line than her younger brother Prince Louis. That is just one impact the Queen will have on the future of the UK.

The UK will be in mourning and there will be at least 10 days long solemn ceremony. Each of the ten days has a different purpose, on day one, the Queen’s body will be transported by train at night to Buckingham Palace. Flags will be placed at half staff if they are on official buildings, flags in Parliament Square and the Mall will have black crepe and tassels on them. On day two, flags may be put back to full staff after the royal band plays the first verse of the national anthem. The rest of the 10 day play is funeral and viewing procedures for the Royal family and on day 7, world leaders. The 10 day plan will not stop all work and school in the UK. Schools will observe the national holiday on the day of Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral.

Prince Charles III, Queen Elizabeth II’s oldest son, will now become King and known as King Charles III.