Queen Elizabeth II, head of state and longest serving monarch of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, has died at 96 years. The monarch passed on today, Thursday 8th September 2022, a few hours after doctors announced their concern for her health.
The Royal Family made the announcement in a tweet on their verified Twitter handle:
The Queen, who was 96 years old, died in the presence of her family members. She will be succeeded by her son, Charles, Prince of Wales. He was named successor in 2018 by the Queen at the Commonwealth Head of Government Meeting (CHOGM).
Queen Elizabeth marked her 70th year as Queen of Britain, during which she asked that Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, be addressed as Queen Consort when Prince Charles becomes king.
On Tuesday, 6th September 2022, the Queen carried out public duties, confirming Liz Truss as Prime Minister in Balmoral, Scotland and invited her to form a government. The ceremony was performed in Balmoral due to the Queen’s health.
Mourning the Queen, her son, heir to the throne, King Charles III wrote:
Condolence messages are pouring in from all walks of life.
Former US President, Donald Trump, has also paid his respects to the late British Queen, Elizabeth II, in a lengthy post on his ‘Truth‘ Social platform that saying “there was nobody like her.” His message in part reads:
“Melania and I are deeply saddened to learn of the loss of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Together with our family and fellow Americans, we send our sincere condolences to the Royal Family and the people of the United Kingdom during this time of great sorrow and grief.”
‘Queen Elizabeth will always be remembered for her faithfulness to her country and her unwavering devotion to her fellow countrymen and women. Melania and I will always cherish our time together with the Queen, and never forget Her Majesty’s generous friendship, great wisdom, and wonderful sense of humor. What a grand and beautiful lady she was—there was nobody like her!’.
Former US President, Barack Obama and wife, Michelle Obama, have also issued a joint statement on their Twitter handles to pay respects to the Queen and extend their condolences.
In like manner, Ghanaian President, Nana Akufo-Addo has extended his condolences to the Royal Family in a tweet. He wrote:
Staff of the British Broadcasting Corporation, BBC, have turned up in black apparels, signifying mourning, while at their duty posts.
A large crowd of mourners is also seen gathered around the Buckingham Palace, and at her estate in Balmoral, where she died, to pay their respects to the Queen, while other mourners are seen crying on the streets.
The Royal Family has announced that there will be ten days of mourning across the nation.
Story: Ene Ken-Yawe