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Queen Elizabeth II 1926 – 2022

Queen Elizabeth II 1926 – 2022

UPDATE #4 7:15 PM EDT: A few more details from the day’s events, beginning with what to look for tomorrow. (This will be my last update for the day.) 

  • King Charles III and Camilla, Queen Consort will return to London. The King is expected to meet with the Prime Minister and Cabinet. It is likely he also deliver an address to the nation tomorrow.
  • There will be a meeting of the Accession Council at St. James’s Palace. NOTE: This will take place on Saturday, not Friday.
  • Books of condolence will be placed at British embassies and in locations throughout the UK.   
  • There will be ceremonial gun salutes at Hyde Park and Tower Hill.
  • The Sun reportsThe Queen will be laid to rest by her beloved husband Prince Philip’s side at the King George VI memorial chapel at Windsor Castle.”

More on the Accession Council from the Privy Council site.

A new Sovereign succeeds to the throne as soon as his or her predecessor dies and is proclaimed as soon as possible at an Accession Council in St James’s Palace.

An Accession Council is usually convened within 24 hours of the death of a Sovereign and is customarily held at St James’s Palace to make formal Proclamation of the death of the Monarch and the accession of the successor to the throne. The Accession Council should be held before Parliament meets, and Parliament should meet as soon as practicable after the death.

Here is a late look at the scene outside Buckingham Palace.

More from NBC News

Braving the heavy rain, a crowd of thousands gathered outside Buckingham Palace to pay their respects… Even as the rain got heavier and the temperature dropped, more people arrived. Many pulled out their cellphones to take pictures.  

Many brought bouquets, which they laid at the black iron gates of the iconic building where a notice announcing the death of the only monarch most Britons have ever known was attached. On The Mall, the grand boulevard leading to the palace, black London taxis lined up in tribute.

The Victoria Memorial. 

The scene at the Palace of Holyrood House in Edinburgh this evening.

A man brings flowers to the Palace in Edinburgh. 

Australian and Aboriginal flags fly at half-mast on the Harbour Bridge in Sydney. 

Members of the public signed a condolence book at St. Andrew’s Cathedral in Sydney.

A photo of Her Majesty at St. Andrew’s in Sydney. 

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern writes in a condolence book. 
Ms. Ardern’s message. 
New Zealand Governor-General Dame Cindy Kiro addressing the media today.

From her remarks.  

I have written to the new King on behalf of all New Zealanders, expressing the condolences of the nation. The message reads as follows:

On behalf of the people of New Zealand, I convey our deepest condolences on the death of Her Majesty the Queen. To all members of the Royal Family, we extend our thoughts at this difficult time.
New Zealand shares with the people of Her Majesty’s Realms profound grief at the loss of a cherished monarch and honoured leader. Her Majesty The Queen was much loved and respected in New Zealand, and will be long remembered for her lifetime of dedicated service.

In Alberta, Canada, a portrait is draped in black. 

A note left with flowers at the British Embassy in Washington. 

A few more covers and front pages.  Le Parisien

El Mundo

Le Figaro


And The Sun.

People magazine’s dual covers. 

President Biden and Dr. Jill Biden visited the British Embassy in Washington this evening and signed a book of condolence.

White House social media accounts noted HM met 14 US Presidents during her reign. 

The final social media post I will share is from the official Paddington Bear account(If the Paddington tweet is confusing, it relates to a video made for the Jubilee featuring HM and Paddington having tea.)  

UPDATE #3 6:15 PM EDT: A look at some of the papers’ front pages beginning with The Telegraph.

The Mirror.

The Financial Times.

The Daily Mail

The Guardian.

The Telegraph reports “Britain’s entire sporting schedule is being suspended on Friday as national mourning begins after the death of the Queen.” 

I’m still playing catchup on official reactions. This is a portion of the statement from India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi. 

The letter sent to King Charles by Queen Margrethe of Denmark, a third cousin to the Queen. Queen Margrethe celebrated her golden jubilee this year.

In a social media post, King Abdullah II of Jordan wrote, “Jordan mourns the passing of an iconic leader. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II was a beacon of wisdom and principled leadership for seven decades. She was a partner for Jordan and a dear family friend. We stand with the people and leadership of the UK at this difficult time.”  

If you were watching any of the live coverage from Windsor and/or London, you may have seen the torrential rain at points during the day. The sun did come out, creating a double rainbow seen at Buckingham Palace.   

A rainbow was also seen in Windsor.

UPDATE #2 4:30PM ET: Crowds at Buckingham Palace continued to grow this evening.

 This view shows the Victoria Memorial in front of the Palace.

The giant electronic billboard at Piccadilly Circus. 

The Empire State Building. 

Below, a portion of the message shared by Spain’s King Felipe.  

Deeply saddened by the sorrowful news of the passing away of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, your beloved Mother, I would like to offer Your Majesty and the British people, on my behalf and on behalf of the Spanish Government and people, our most heartfelt condolences. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth has undoubtedly witnessed, written and shaped many of the most relevant chapters in the history of our world during the last seven decades. Queen Letizia and I send Your Majesty and the whole Family our love and prayers. You are all in our hearts and thoughts. We will miss Her dearly. With all my friendship and affection, Felipe
Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid said, “On behalf of the Government and people of Israel, I send my condolences to the Royal Family and the people of the United Kingdom on the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. She leaves behind an unparalleled legacy of leadership and service.” Here you see the special lighting of Tel Aviv’s city hall tonight.  


UPDATE #1 4PM ET: The tributes are coming in many forms from across the UK and around the world.  Below, a portion of a statement from US President Joe Biden and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden, via CNBC.

“Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II was more than a monarch. She defined an era,” the Bidens said in a statement. “In a world of constant change, she was a steadying presence and a source of comfort and pride for generations of Britons, including many who have never known their country without her. An enduring admiration for Queen Elizabeth II united people across the Commonwealth. The seven decades of her history-making reign bore witness to an age of unprecedented human advancement and the forward march of human dignity.” 

Flags at some federal buildings in the US have been lowered; below you see the White House. NOTE: Flags will be at half-staff on all public buildings in the US for ten days. 

Former Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s statement. 

Black cab drivers lined the mall much as they did when Prince Philip died. 

French President Emmanuel Macron wrote, “Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II embodied the British nation’s continuity and unity for over 70 years. I remember her as a friend of France, a kind-hearted queen who has left a lasting impression on her country and her century.” 

From Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. 

Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s post on social media.
From UK Scouts. 

Below, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.    


With profound sorrow, today we have live coverage following the death of Her Majesty The Queen. At 6:30 pm local time, 1:30 pm EDT, Buckingham Palace released the news.

The news followed an early afternoon statement from Buckingham Palace announcing “Following further evaluation this morning, The Queen’s doctors are concerned for Her Majesty’s health and have recommended she remain under medical supervision. The Queen remains comfortable and at Balmoral.”

Prince Charles, now King Charles III, and the Duchess of Cornwall, now Queen Consort, traveled to Balmoral by helicopter. Princess Anne was already at Balmoral. The Duke of Cambridge, now the Duke of Cornwall and Cambridge, the Duke of York, and Earl and Countess of Wessex flew to Aberdeen together.  The Duke of Sussex traveled to Balmoral separately. 

The Duchess of Cambridge, now the Duchess of Cornwall and Cambridge, remained in Windsor with the three Cornwall/Cambridge children. Below, footmen post the news on the gates of Buckingham Palace.   

Below, the Buckingham Palace website. 

At Balmoral, male journalists put on black ties.

The flag was lowered at Windsor Castle. 

King Charles III released a statement. 

The flag at Buckingham Palace. 

Prime Minister Liz Truss spoke shortly after the announcement. 

From her remarks: 

We’re all devastated by the news that we have just heard from Balmoral. The death of Her Majesty the Queen is a huge shock to the nation and to the world. Queen Elizabeth II was the rock on which modern Britain was built.

She was the very spirit of Great Britain, and that spirit will endure. She has been our longest-ever reigning monarch. It’s an extraordinary achievement to preside with such dignity and grace for 70 years.

Her life of service stretches beyond most of our living memories.

Today the crown passes, as it has done for more than 1,000 years, to our new monarch, our new head of state, His Majesty, King Charles III. 

With the King’s family, we mourn the loss of his mother. And as we mourn, we must come together as a people to support him to help him bear the awesome responsibility that he now carries for us all. 

We offer him our loyalty and devotion. Just as his mother devoted so much to so many, for so long.

And with the passing of the second Elizabethan age, we usher in a new era in the magnificent history of our great country, exactly as Her Majesty would have wished by saying the words: God save the King.

Crowds gathered at Buckingham Palace. 

Windsor Castle.

A woman places flowers at Windsor Castle. 

The Palace of Holyrood House in Edinburgh this evening.

Hillsborough Castle in Northern Ireland. 

The Kensington Palace social media accounts were updated with new titles.

A West Ham soccer fan reacts to the news at a soccer match at London Stadium. 

I will continue updating the post; new content will go be added at the top. 



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Bernadette Ward

Friday 9th of September 2022

To whom this may concern: Thank you for posting this beautiful website about our Majesty the Queen! She was a wonderful and very kind person. I used to send her Christmas Cards every year. I will miss doing that very much. But I will continue to keep her in my prayers and all of the Royal family .May God Bless you all! My heartfelt sympathy & prayers go out to all of the Royal family and tthe people of England. Peace be with you all!

I want to let you all know that I am an American, but I have an English nationality, besides a few other nationalities. This is why I care about the Royal family and I respect them very much. Thank you all for understanding!

Love & Prayers always, Sr. Bernadette Ward Benedictine Sister (U.S.A.)


Friday 9th of September 2022

Thank you, Sister Bernadette. As an aside, I attended a high school in Detroit founded by Benedictine monks from Cleveland.


Friday 9th of September 2022

Rest In Peace Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. I am glad that she had her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren in Great Britain when she passed. Like Queen Elizabeth I, she took the throne rather unexpectedly, but in the end, no one could have chosen a better monarch.


Friday 9th of September 2022

Long time follower of WKW but first time commenter. As a Canadian with British grandparents, the Queen has always held a special place in my heart. I still remember as a little girl getting to see her on one of her tours here to Canada - she shook my hand. Her kindness, and the genuine joy and love for others she exemplified in that moment, and throughout her reign are something I will never forget. Thank you for this beautiful post, and for remembering her well. I've referenced it often over the past couple of days. May she rest in peace.


Friday 9th of September 2022

Thank you so much for this marvelous post. The Queen's passing was a shocker. Despite her increasing frailty, I really was not expecting that she would depart when she did. These tributes are a solace to all of us, here in America and around the world, as we grieve the loss of this remarkable leader and mark the passing of the second Elizabethan age.

Kate Admirer

Friday 9th of September 2022

It is tributes like yours, Susan, that willl be honored and loved for years to come. Thank you for expressing this in ways others can't but surely feel. My heartfelt condolences to the people of the Commonwealth.

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