Queen Elizabeth II Has Died At Age 96

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News of Queen Elizabeth’s death was confirmed in a statement posted on Twitter by the royal family, “The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon. The King and The Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral this evening and will return to London tomorrow.”
The Queen was the longest-reigning monarch in British history. While her legal authority was largely symbolic, she was able to list morale and remain a representation of historical English rule.

Her reign has been depicted in numerous ways over the decades, including films, documentaries and series. She was regularly seen at various sporting events, cultural events and diplomatic gatherings. She is quoted as having said “It’s worth remembering that it is often the small steps, not the giant leaps, that bring about the most lasting change,” in 2019.

Many believe she lived her entire life serving the British people. When she was 21, she said, “I can make my solemn act of dedication with a whole Empire listening. I should like to make that dedication now. It is very simple. I declare before you all that my whole life whether it be long or short shall be devoted to your service and the service of our great imperial family to which we all belong.”

During her reign, she had met with 13 Presidents and had lived through several different wars and societal changes. Under her rule, the British saw large swaths of Africa and the Caribbean become decolonized. She also survived an assassination attempt and numerous scandals.

Above all, she is one of the top three most admired women in the world. This is probably due to her stoic persona mixed with a consistently positive messaging. As she said during a speech in 2008, “When life seems hard, the courageous do not lie down and accept defeat; instead, they are all the more determined to struggle for a better future.”