Remembering Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II: 1926 – 2022
Royal historian Carolyn Harris looks back at the incredible life and legacy of Queen Elizabeth II and her special relationship with Canada. The post Remembering Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II: 1926 – 2022 appeared first on Reader's Digest Canada.It was 1947, and Elizabeth was on her first overseas tour, visiting South Africa and what is now Zimbabwe with her parents King George VI and Queen Elizabeth (later the Queen Mother) and her younger sister, Princess Margaret. The speech became one of the iconic moments in Elizabeth’s life, quoted during the major milestones of her reign, and performed by Claire Foy during the third season of The Crown on Netflix.
The Duke of York has paid tribute to his mother the Queen, with the nation set to hold a minute’s silence to mourn the late monarch’s death.
At 8pm, the country will observe the silence to remember the Queen, with people invited to mark the occasion privately at home, on their doorstep or street, or at community events and vigils.
Big Ben will toll to start the beginning of the national moment of reflection and the bell will be struck once more at 8.01pm as it ends. © Provided by PA Media Big Ben will mark the start of the silence (Ben Stansall/PA)
Andrew is the latest royal to pay tribute to his mother, hailing her “knowledge and wisdom infinite, with no boundary or containment”, adding: “I will miss your insights, advice and humour”.
King Charles wants the UK to enter a 'period of mourning' ahead of the Queen's funeral. It's unclear what that will look like.
The Queen's death has triggered a period of royal mourning that will last until a week after her funeral, according to a statement from King Charles.In a statement sent to Insider, Buckingham Palace said the Queen "died peacefully at Balmoral" in the afternoon, ending her 70-year reign. King Charles III — as he will now be known alongside Camilla, the Queen consort — said the death marked "a moment of the greatest sadness for me and all members of my family.
He described the Queen as “Mummy, Mother, Your Majesty, three in one” and said it had been an “honour and privilege” to serve her.
It came as the public continued queuing for the final day of the lying in state in Westminster Hall, where the late monarch’s coffin will remain until 6.30am on Monday.
People have been warned not to set off from their homes to join the queue as it is due to close later on Sunday. © Provided by PA Media The queue is due to close later on Sunday (James Manning/PA)
The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) said: “A decision will be taken today on when entry to the queue for Her Majesty The Queen’s Lying-in-State will close as it reaches final capacity.
“Queue times are already 13.5 hours and may increase.
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Queen Elizabeth, who died at age 96 on September 8, once partied incognito in the streets of London.
“To avoid disappointment please do not set off to join the queue.”
Waiting times were far shorter than the peak of more than 25 hours that was seen in the early hours of Saturday morning. © Provided by PA Media (PA Graphics)
However, St John Ambulance said in the early hours of the morning some 98 people needed medical support, nine of whom were taken to hospital.
Elsewhere, world leaders continued arriving in the UK for Monday’s funeral service at Westminster Abbey.
Irish premier Micheal Martin entered Downing Street for a “warm” meeting with Liz Truss at 10am to discuss “many issues in the context of the British-Irish relationship”, before leaving just under an hour later.
The Taoiseach told reporters in London: “I appreciate the opportunity to be here at the funeral accompanying the president to pay our tribute to Queen Elizabeth’s dedicated service to the people of the United Kingdom and of course, her contribution to reconciliation on these islands and particularly in terms of the relationship between Britain and Ireland.”
Queen Elizabeth Has Died—Here’s the Legacy She Leaves Behind
After Queen Elizabeth's death, take a look at what the longest-reigning monarch in British history gave the world The post Queen Elizabeth Has Died—Here’s the Legacy She Leaves Behind appeared first on Reader's Digest.Most Britons alive today have never known a ruler other than Queen Elizabeth II, so it's an understatement to say that Queen Elizabeth's death—announced by the palace on Sept. 8, 2022—rocked the country. Not only was she the longest-serving monarch, with 70 years on the throne, but she was also the most widely traveled head of state in the world, making her one of the most influential figures in modern history.
© Provided by PA Media Irish premier Micheal Martin met the Prime Minister (Stefan Rousseau/PA)
Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau also met with the Prime Minister a few hours later.
The PM kicked off her meetings with world leaders on Saturday, speaking to her counterparts from New Zealand and Australia.
Ms Truss will also have an audience with King Charles III before attending his reception for visiting heads of state at Buckingham Palace.
The King and Queen Consort are to host world leaders and official overseas guests at the palace, in what the King’s spokesman described as an “official state event”.
Camilla will pay a televised tribute to the late monarch, recalling her “wonderful blue eyes” and saying: “I will always remember her smile.”
In pre-recorded words on the BBC, she will speak of how Queen Elizabeth II was a “solitary woman” in a male-dominated world.
She will add: “I can’t remember anyone except the Queen being there.”
There will also be a service of reflection near Falkirk, Scotland at 7.30pm.
It will see 96 lanterns, one for each year of the late monarch’s life, lowered into the pool of reflection at the foot of the Queen Elizabeth II Canal, before wreaths are placed into the water.
The DCMS has said the Queen’s funeral will be shown on giant screens in various locations across the UK, from London’s Hyde Park to Coleraine Town Hall in Northern Ireland.
Around 125 cinemas will also be screening the event, along with Sky News, ITV and the BBC for people watching from home.
On Saturday evening, the Queen’s eight grandchildren together staged a heart-rending evening vigil around their beloved Granny’s coffin.
'The Crown' star Imelda Staunton says she was 'inconsolable' when Queen Elizabeth II died: 'My reaction surprised me' .
Staunton, who will make her debut as the late monarch in the Netflix drama's fifth season, said that she was "very grateful" producers paused filming.However, unlike her predecessors, Claire Foy and Olivia Colman, Staunton has had the unique experience of portraying what she describes as a "more familiar" version of the late monarch.