Breaking News: Queen Elizabeth II Dies, Aged 96 | Prince Charles Becomes the King


The Death of King Elizabeth: London Bridge is Down

Queen Elizabeth II, (lately the Queen of England and the head of the Common Wealth) is dead. Buckingham Palace announced the death of the Queen on Thursday.

Breaking News: Queen Elizabeth II Dies, Aged 96 | Prince Charles Becomes the King
Queen Elizabeth 

The great monarch died peacefully at Balmoral Castle, her estate in the Scottish Highlands. She was 96 years old at the time of her demise. Her death is tagged “London Bridge is down.”

Earlier on Thursday, people gathered around her residence in London due to the report that she was in critical condition. Well wishers around the world and around UK were concerned about her health status.

 Amidst the prayers and concerns for the queen, The Royal Family, announced the news of the queen’s death through a tweet that states “The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon”.

Breaking News: Queen Elizabeth II Dies, Aged 96 | Prince Charles Becomes the King

Queen Elizabeth II (Elizabeth Alexandra Mary) was born on 21st April, 1926. She became the queen of England and other 14 sovereign states on 6 February, 1952. 

She remained the queen until her death on September 8, 2022, making her the longest monarch in the history of the United Kingdom of Great Britain. She was also the head of the Common Wealth until her demise.


The most unique thing that distinguishes the queen from her predecessors is that she lived through several notable eras of history. Queen Elizabeth II had witnessed World War II, lived through post-colonial era, post-imperial era and the post Brexit United Kingdom. She has seen history and lived through it.

Her demise does not only mark the end of her reign, but a new era for the United Kingdom and members of the Common Wealth which she was the head.

To mark the death of the Queen, the flag of Buckingham Palace has been lowered to half-staff. Doctors have placed the body of the Queen under proper supervision at Balmoral Castle for due procession.

Queen Elizabeth II is dead at the age of 96

Prince Charles, Now King Charles III Becomes the King of England

Meanwhile, in accordance with the British tradition, before the announcement of the Queen’s death, her eldest son, Prince Charles, has already taken over as the new King of England. He is named King Charles III.

Reports has it that the arrangement for the replacement of the Queen by Prince Charles, after her death, was already in place with the Queen bearing witness. The series of process for the transition of the British monarchy is tamed "Operation London Bridge".

The British National anthem therefore shifts from “God bless the Queen” to “God bless the King”.

Prince Charles, now King Charles III will make a statutory oath to uphold the Church of Scotland during the first Privy Council. He will also confirm the timing of the queen’s funeral service.

Charles is also mandated to make accession declaration oath. The oath is a vow to maintain the Protestant line of monarchy succession.

Prince Charles become King Charles III of England
King Charles III
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The finally oath Charles will have to make is the coronation oath which includes a vow to uphold the rights and privileges of the church of England. Thereafter, he will resume his full duty as the King of England.

Charles had also being announced the new head of the Common Wealth, a position the Queen held until passed on.

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