Although everyone could see that at the age of 96, and especially after the death of her husband Prince Philip, her health had seriously deteriorated, no one wanted to believe that the end would come so soon after his own great journey.
Queen Elizabeth: The “unknown” truth a few days before her death
Queen Elizabeth II’s health had been declining for several years, as she was believed to be suffering from a form of cancer. She herself had decided to stay in Windsor, to spend her last moments in Scotland at Balmoral. After all, Her Majesty traveled there regularly and stayed with her family
Unfortunately, no one from her close environment could have predicted the events of the morning of September 8. During that time, Queen Elizabeth was losing more and more weight, not knowing how much her body could handle.
Her condition was worsening in the place she loved most, Scotland. The queen by her decision to move there knew that she would spend her last days happier.
Queen Elizabeth seemed to sense the ‘end’ was nearing and preferred to have quiet moments away from the world near a place that reminded her of her husband
The key moments from the life of Queen Elizabeth
Elizabeth managed to keep her institutional role as Queen of Great Britain for almost seven decades. Sometimes with great success and sometimes causing strong reactions to her loyal audience, she managed in each case to accomplish a difficult mission.
Even after her death, Queen Elizabeth continues to occupy her country and the entire planet with her personality, and you understand it from the interest shown by the foreign and domestic press
Below are some of her most pivotal moments – some brilliant and some that cast shadows on her profile as queen:
Her first public speech, in 1947
“I declare before you that throughout my life, be it short or long, I will be dedicated to your service and the service of the royal family to which I belong.” That’s right, Princess Elizabeth.
Her coronation, in 1953
It was the first coronation of a King or Queen of Great Britain to be broadcast live on television. A show watched by 27 of the 36 million citizens living in the country at the time.
First trip to West Germany, 1965
Great Britain’s thorny relationship with England is well known. In fact, World War II added even more fuel to this fire. So Elizabeth’s visit for 20 years since the end of the War was momentous to say the least, marking a new era. After all, it had been 52 years since a British noble had last visited Germany
The Welsh Mines Tragedy, 1966
A collapsing coal mine buried a school in the village of Aberfan, with the tragic toll reaching 144 dead (of which 116 were children). Queen Elizabeth decided to delay arriving at the scene for fear of distracting rescue crews from their work. The criticism he received was, after all, severe. Her close circles even claimed that she bitterly regretted her attitude and did not forget the incident throughout her life.
The first casual ride, in 1970
Etiquette dictated that the King always keep a distance from his subjects. Something that Elizabeth broke when she walked the streets of Australia and New Zealand within arm’s reach of the crowds that had gathered to cheer her on.
The Silver Jubilee, 1977
On the 25th anniversary of her accession to the throne (Silver Jubilee), the tour was massive to say the least. Where was it found? In every corner of Great Britain and in particular 36 counties while he did not fail to visit 9 foreign countries.
The (first) marriage of Karolos, in 1981
Her eldest son, Prince Charles, was marrying Lady Diana. The ceremony was watched by 750 million viewers in 74 countries. It was the start of a stormy relationship that ended in tragedy – and Queen Elizabeth was there all along.
The visit to China in 1986
At the end of 1984, Great Britain agreed over time to hand over the “keys” of Hong Kong to China. The official agreement was also sealed with the first visit of a British monarch to the interior of China. (Unfortunately, the trip was marred by the not-so-unusual racist blunders of her husband, Philip).
Annus Horribilis, in 1992
Prince Charles and Diana’s marriage was going from bad to worse, her second son Andrew was getting a divorce from his wife, a fire burned down much of Windsor Castle. Queen Elizabeth used these two distinctive Latin words to describe one of the worst years of her life.
The death of Princess Diana in 1997
The news of the tragic death shocked the whole world. The Queen’s delay in taking a stand and addressing the British public was something that marked her forever. There were many who never forgave her attitude towards their beloved Ladi Di.
The golden jubilee in 2002
During her 50 year reign she traveled more than 40 thousand miles across the length and breadth of the planet. But the same year also marked her on a more personal level, since she lost her younger sister and her mother then.
The visit to Ireland in 2011
The history of Ireland has always intersected with that of England, and in almost every episode violence has made its appearance. Thus, Queen Elizabeth’s visit to Irish soil was significant: after all, it was the first visit of a British monarch to the country after 100 years.
Prince Harry and Megan Markle’s wedding in 2018
It is a joyous event, but it subsequently brought many of the British royal family’s unwashed issues to light. The couple’s descriptions of the racism they received served as black marks on Queen Elizabeth’s profile.
The death of Philip, in 2021
The images of the Queen standing alone in St George’s Chapel spoke for themselves. She had just lost her husband of 73 years and her grief seemed unspeakable.
The platinum jubilee, in 2022
The 70 years of Elizabeth’s reign were celebrated with all possible and improbable splendor in Great Britain. After all, how many monarchs can be proud to have been on the throne of a country for seven consecutive decades?