Queen Elizabeth II, 96, who ruled Britain for the longest, is no more now. She ruled the country for 70 years. Furthermore, her eldest son, Charles, 73, has succeeded as the King. According to a statement from Buckingham Palace, she passed away on September 8 in the afternoon at her estate in Balmoral, Scotland.
As she was going through various health issues, all four of Queen Elizabeth’s children—including daughter Princess Anne, King Charles III, Prince Andrew – Duke of York, and the youngest son Prince Edward – Earl of Wessex, were staying with the British monarch at Balmoral Castle in Scotland.
The Queen, on Tuesday, named Liz Truss as the prime minister. The “rock” upon which modern Britain was created and as having “given us with the stability and strength that we required,” said Liz Truss. When talking about the new King, Liz stated: “We offer him our loyalty and love, just as his mother so greatly and so long ago, to so many.”
Let us tell you about 10 most interesting facts about Queen Elizabeth II
1. This year, Queen Elizabeth II became the world’s second longest reigning monarch. Earlier, in 2015, she surpassed her great grandmother Queen Victoria to become the longest serving British monarch.
2. She was the only monarch who had been ever featured on currency, banknotes and stamps, according to most of her subjects.
3. Be it the assassination of US President John F. Kennedy, the moon landing, the fall of the Berlin Wall, or the Covid pandemic, Queen Elizabeth II witnessed some of the most momentous events in contemporary history.
4. From Winston Churchill to Liz Truss, in her entire rule, she saw a total of 14 prime ministers of the United Kingdom.
5. Interestingly, in April 2021, her husband Prince Philip died, just weeks before his 100th birth anniversary.
6. Unlike others, Queen Elizabeth II never ever went to a public school, instead she completed her education at home, along with her younger sister Margaret.
7. Surprisingly, as per her close ones, Queen Elizabeth II had a great sense of humour and she was a mimicry artist as well!
8. Despite being the Queen, Elizabeth II had paid taxes since 1992.
9. As a child, Elizabeth was called “Lilibet” by her family members, as believed, because she couldn’t pronounce her name “Elizabeth”.
10. Though April 21, 1926, had been known as the Queen’s date of birth, there was always a confusion with this. Her official DOB was unknown, and was believed to be either June’s first, second or third Saturday. It was the government to decide this.
However, in Canada, her birth anniversary had been marked on May 24, while in Australia, it was celebrated on June’s second Monday.
Queen’s death has caused a wave of sorrow across the globe, with the presidents and prime ministers of various countries sending their condolence messages to the royal family. Many big foreign leaders have honoured the Queen. US President Joe Biden recalled how she stood by the US through its “darkest days” following the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
She was a “kind-hearted Queen” and “friend of France,” according to Emmanuel Macron, the president of France.
On the other hand, the India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in a tweet, said:
Furthermore, according to the Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the Queen was one of his “favourite people in the world” and a constant in the lives of the Canadians.