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Queen Elizabeth II
This story has been updated.
HRH Queen Elizabeth II passed away Thursday morning at her summer residence in Balmoral. She was 96.
Born on April 21, 1926, Queen Elizabeth the Second, was expected to live a relatively normal life for a member of the royal family. She was born third in line to the throne but not seen as a successor due to her Uncle being next in line. That changed when her uncle abdicated the throne to marry American Divorcee, Wallis Simpson, of whom the English Church, of which the British Monarch is the head, would not allow the King to marry while ruling.
The abdication changed both Princess Elizabeth’s and the United Kingdom’s future dramatically.
Her Father, the Duke of York, became King George VI. He and his wife, later to be known as the Queen Mother, presided over a war torn UK during the Second World War.
Due to stress of being King and due to his heavy smoking, King George VI died young at 56 at his Sandringham Estate.
That death elevated Princess Elizabeth to Queen Elizabeth the Second, at age 27.
She has remained Queen since that day in 1952.
Most recently, the Queen appointed Liz Truss to be the next Prime Minister for the UK. She was the 15th and final PM to form a government in Her Majesty’s name.
Queen Elizabeth II was preceded in death by her husband, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, her sister, Princess Margaret, her parents, King George the VI and Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother.
Her son, Charles, now ascends to King. He and the Queen Consort, Camilla, will remain in Scotland before returning to London tomorrow to continue Operation London Bridge.