Queen Elizabeth II Dead At 96: A Look At Her Legacy

Queen Elizabeth II Dead At 96: A Look At Her Legacy Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images

News that is entertaining to read

Early Chirp is a free daily newsletter that makes reading the news fun

Queen Elizabeth II was the longest-serving monarch in British history, but her 70-year reign came to an end on Thursday when she died at her residence in Scotland. The Royal Family released a statement confirming: “The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon. The King and The Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral this evening and will return to London tomorrow.”

Her son ascended to the throne to become King Charles III upon her death. While the queen’s legacy is mixed, there is no denying that she has left an indelible mark on England and much of the world since her coronation in 1952. Here are a few important moments from her lengthy queenship:

  • In 1965, 20 years after World War II ended, the queen visited Germany in a visit that has since been interpreted as a key moment in the re-emergence of that nation as a world power.
  • Five years later, she broke with tradition by getting up close and personal with the public during a walkabout in Sydney, Australia. Prior to this event, royals had generally only been accessible from a distance.
  • Queen Elizabeth described 1992 as “an annus horribilis” — or horrible year — after three of her children announced separations or divorces from their respective spouses. The year was also marred by a serious fire at Windsor Castle that damaged dozens of rooms.

There’s plenty more about her monumental life that will go down in history books for generations to come, but one thing is certain: the people of England and her supporters around the world are only starting a grieving process that is sure to last for a long time.

Never be left in the dark