Today I was deeply saddened and pained to hear about the death of The Queen, Britain's longest-serving monarch, who away earlier this afternoon at the age of 96 after 70 years on the throne. Buckingham Palace said the Queen “died peacefully” this afternoon at Balmoral. The Queen's eldest son, Charles, who has now ascended the throne and will be known as King Charles III, paid tribute to his much-loved mother. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will be remembered as a stalwart of our times. She provided inspiring leadership to her nation and people.
The King and Camilla, now the Queen Consort, will remain at Balmoral on Thursday night and return to London on Friday.
Buckingham Palace had confirmed on Thursday lunchtime that Queen Elizabeth II had been under medical supervision after her doctors had become "concerned" about her health. Tributes poured in following the death of the Queen earlier this afternoon on a dark, gloomy, and rainy day in the UK. Listening to the bulletins as rain pours down felt fitting. Feels as if even god is crying. She served the country so dutifully all the way to the end.
My thoughts are with her family at this time. Her Majesty’s decades of dedication and service have been unwavering, and your legacy will live on. This is an end of a great era in global history, and I am not sure anyone can quite match the long service and dedication that she gave. Ma’am, thank you for everything. We will be forever indebted to you.
Wishing Her Majesty The Queen Elizabeth II loyal greetings, and the warmest congratulations on Her Majesty's Diamond Jubilee. The Queen is the official Head of State of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and 15 other Commonwealth realms. The elder daughter of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, she was born in 1926 and became Queen at the age of 25, and has reigned through six decades of enormous social change and development.
She is one of the world's longest serving Monarchs. It makes me proud to be part of the Commonwealth (along with my friends from Canada, Australia, New Zealand and many afar lands!). I fondly recall briefly meeting Her Majesty in 1996 at a musical function organised for schools in Westminster. It was a very proud moment indeed.
I am in Guangzhou (China), there are a few parties have been organised by the British expat community, but of course, nothing compared to the great street parties back in the United Kingdom.
The Commonwealth is a voluntary association of 54 countries (independent states), working together in the common interests of their citizens for development, democracy and peace.
The Commonwealth is home to two billion citizens of all faiths and ethnicities and includes some of the world's largest, smallest, richest and poorest countries. Over half of its citizens are 25 or under. The Commonwealth is an immediate symbol of unity because it brings along a cocktail of cultures together.
In my viewpoint the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee is a very proud occasion for all British people, as well as those from the Commonwealth countries.
- Navjot Singh
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