As the news of Queen Elizabeth II’s death spread on Friday morning, people across the United Kingdom paused to reflect on her reign.
Queen Elizabeth II has died at 96, the palace confirms. The queen took the throne in 1953 at the age of 27. She was the second-longest serving sovereign in world history.
The palace released the following statement:
“The Queen died at her home, Windsor Castle, this afternoon. Her Majesty was ever attentive to the needs of others and cared deeply about their safety. That was in evidence throughout her long life and in the way she lived her life. She was surrounded by family at all times and adored by the public.”
It went on:
“The Queen, who has reigned for over six decades and been on the throne for 63 years, was esteemed for her wisdom and kindness. Her Majesty’s strength of character was legendary. She will be greatly missed.”
So, what do you think will happen soon after the announcement? Let’s find out
1. Queen Elizabeth's Successor, Prince Charles, Takes Over Immediately
Prince Charles will officially become the King of Scotland, England, Northern Ireland and Wales. He is expected to address the nation in a live broadcast soon. This is a big change for the royal family, as Queen Elizabeth’s reign comes to an end. Prince Charles is the first heir to the throne in over 60 years. Prince Charles is her successor and will now take over all of her duties as head of state.
2. The Queen will no longer be on the currency or postal stamps
The Queen will no longer be on the currency or postal stamps. This is due to the recent change in the monarchy, with the Prince taking over as King. The new currency and stamps will feature the King’s image instead. It is not yet known how long it will take for the new currency and stamps to be issued.
3. The Queen's funeral will take place 10 days after her death
The Queen’s funeral will take place 10 days after her death. According to Buckingham Palace, the funeral will be a private affair with only close family and friends in attendance. The public will be able to pay their respects during the four days leading up to the funeral.
5. Queen Elizabeth’s funeral will be watched by more than 2.5 billion people
It is estimated that more than 2.5 billion people will tune in to watch the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II. The event will be broadcast around the world, and many people will take time out of their day to pay their respects. This is a testament to the queen’s global popularity and the high esteem in which she is held.
6. Alterations to the national anthem - “God Save the Queen” into “God Save the King”
Alterations to the national anthem – “God Save the Queen” into “God Save the King” – were made in order to reflect the change in Britain’s monarchy. The original lyrics were written in 1745, when Britain was ruled by King George II. However, after Queen Victoria took the throne in 1837, the lyrics were changed to “God Save the Queen”. The current monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, has been on the throne since 1952. As a result, the national anthem has been altered once again to “God Save the King”.
7. The BBC and all channels will stop all its comedy programs following the Queen's death.
The BBC and all channels will stop all its comedy programs following the Queen’s death. This is to respect the period of mourning that will take place. All comedy programming will be put on hold for at least a month. This includes shows such as “The Simpsons” and “Fawlty Towers.”
Her last Days...
The image of the queen in her gray cardigan and plaid skirt is one that will be remembered for years to come. She looked old and frail, but still standing and still smiling. This was the last living public image of the queen, and it was one that showed her strength and determination. Even in her final days, she was still ready to do her job.
The queen was a true force to be reckoned with, and she will be missed by many ♥️