“The queen died this afternoon“. Buckingham Palace announces it at 7.30 pm, Italian time, after a day that has held the whole world in suspense. The period of mourning for the death of Queen Elizabeth will last 10 days, up to the funeral. In this phase sporting events will be postponed, large screens will be set up in all the main cities of the country to follow the media coverage. In a few days, according to what he writes Sky Newsthe Queen’s body will be transferred to Edinburgh and from there to London.
Elizabeth II died “peacefully” in Balmoral, Scotland. Members of the English royal family had rushed to the summer residence in the afternoon, after doctors this morning showed concern over the Queen’s worsening health condition.. Hundreds of subjects gathered in the pouring rain in front of Balmoral Castle and in front of Buckingham Palace, London, where the flag was hoisted at half mast.
In the Scottish summer residence, where the queen had been since last July, only two days ago Elisabetta had met the new prime minister Liz Truss for the handover, which for the first time in 70 years did not take place at Buckingham Palace. The reason was the order of the doctors not to leave Balmoral due to the deterioration of the health condition of the queenwho turned 96 on 21 April.
Elizabeth reigned for 70 years and 214 days, from February 6, 1952, the date of the sudden death of his father, George VI. Under his reign, epochal changes took place: post-war austerity, the transition from empire to the Commonwealth, the end of the Cold War and the entry and exit of the United Kingdom from the European Union. He met 15 prime ministers: the first was Winston Churchill, the last Liz Truss, appointed by the queen earlier this week.
Charles, son of Elizabeth II, is the new king. Clarence House, Charles’ official residence, has confirmed that the new king will take the name of Charles III. Camilla will instead be the Queen consort.
Queen Elizabeth shortly before meeting Liz Truss in Balmoral, Scotland on 6 September 2022 – Ansa
“The death of Queen Elizabeth shocked the nation and the world. His devotion to duty has been an example for everyone“, said British Prime Minister Liz Truss who spoke to the nation from Downing Street. “We enter a new era, let us join together to support King Charles“, he added.
Messages of condolence have come from the heads of state and government of hundreds of countries. Emotion also from our country. “The Italian people and their institutional representatives who had the honor of meeting Queen Elizabeth II were able to admire her extraordinary stature and incomparable personality“, declares Sergio Mattarella in the message of condolence addressed to King Charles. “With sentiments of intense participation in the mourning of the royal family and of the United Kingdom, I renew the expressions of Italy’s deep condolences and express fervent good wishes for the beginning of the reign of Your Majesty“concludes the Head of State.
He echoes him the Prime Minister, Mario Draghi. “Queen Elizabeth – reads a note – has been the absolute protagonist of world history in the last seventy years. To the Royal Family, Governments and all citizens of the United Kingdom and Commonwealth countries, our deepest condolences“.
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