The Queen died today in her Scotland home, Balmoral Castle, at 96 years old. She took to the throne after the death of her father, King George VI, in 1952. She was the second longest-ruling monarch in the world. She was never meant to rule, and neither was her father, but the abdication of Queen Elizabeth II’s uncle, King Edward VIII shifted the line of power from one brother to another.
There were four brothers, so even an abdication did not necessarily mean Queen Elizabeth II would have risen to the throne. As it worked out, however, Prince Albert, Duke of York gained the throne and took the title King George VI. In 1936, when he took the throne, his eldest heir, 10-year-old Elizabeth became the next in the line of succession.
Following Queen Elizabeth’s death earlier today, September 8, 2022, her son, Charles the Prince of Whales inherited the throne as King Charles III. His eldest son, Prince William, Duke of Cornwall and Cambridge is the next in the line of succession.
We mourn the loss of Queen Elizabeth II with her subjects in the UK and the world at large.