Queen Elizabeth Dies at 96

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Queen Elizabeth II (courtesy photo)
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By the edhat staff

The longest serving British monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, passed away Thursday at the age of 96.

The queen "died peacefully" at Balmoral Castle, her estate in the Scottish Highlands, royal family officials announced. Earlier on Thursday the palace reported she was placed under medical supervision.

Her eldest child Prince Charles, 73, immediately became king upon her death. He plans to return to London on Friday and will be known as King Charles III.

"The death of my beloved Mother, Her Majesty The Queen, is a moment of the greatest sadness for me and all members of my family," Charles said in a statement. "We mourn profoundly the passing of a cherished Sovereign and a much-loved Mother. I know her loss will be deeply felt throughout the country, the Realms and the Commonwealth, and by countless people around the world."

The Queen's grandson and Montecito resident, Prince Harry is also reportedly en route to Balmoral Castle.

In 1983, Queen Elizabeth traveled to Santa Barbara to join then first lady Nancy Reagan in a tour of Old Mission Santa Barbara with Fr. Virgil. They reportedly brought bloodhounds through the Mission before she entered, and they let them watch her plant a tree in the cemetery, according to a previous edhat article.

The Queen acceded to the throne on February 6, 1952 and during her reign oversaw decolonization and the independence of more than 20 countries that were once a part of the British Empire, fifteen British Prime Ministers, and 14 U.S. Presidents.

Fr. Virgil and Queen Elizabeth in 1983 (Photo courtesy of Old Mission Santa Barbara and SB Mission Archives)

Queen Elizabeth and Nancy Reagan at the Santa Barbara Mission in 1983 (Photo courtesy of Old Mission Santa Barbara and SB Mission Archives)

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a-1662795965 Sep 10, 2022 12:46 AM
Queen Elizabeth Dies at 96

Gimli, I hope you read up on punk music and the Sex Pistols.

"The song's title is taken directly from the British national anthem. At the time, it was highly controversial for its equation of the queen with a "fascist regime" and for the lyric "there is no future in England's dreaming".

That should be enough, but here's more of the entry.

"According to Glen Matlock, who had co-written the song—although he was no longer a member of the band by the time it was released—the bass was inspired by the Move's "Fire Brigade". Guitarist Steve Jones stated that when Matlock first played him the song it did not sound like 'God Save the Queen': "It was like 'Love Me Do' or something".[5]

Although many believe it was created because of the Silver Jubilee, the band have denied it, with Paul Cook saying that "it wasn't written specifically for the Queen's Jubilee. We weren't aware of it at the time. It wasn't a contrived effort to go out and shock everyone."[6] Johnny Rotten has explained the lyrics as follows: "You don't write 'God Save the Queen' because you hate the English race. You write a song like that because you love them, and you're fed up with them being mistreated."[7] He intended to evoke sympathy for the English working class and a general resentment towards the monarchy."

On 7 June 1977, the Jubilee holiday, the band attempted to play the song from a boat named the Queen Elizabeth on the River Thames, near the Palace of Westminster. After a scuffle involving attendee Jah Wobble and a cameraman, 11 people, including Malcolm McLaren, the man who organised the concert, and several other members of the band's entourage, were arrested when the boat docked."

a-1662796068 Sep 10, 2022 12:47 AM
Queen Elizabeth Dies at 96

By the way, I'm technically a Boomer, and share few characteristics with them. Born 1961.

SBTejano Sep 09, 2022 08:53 PM
Queen Elizabeth Dies at 96

God save the Queen. Certainly, there are different perspectives about the monarchy, colonialism, the house of Windsor and the roll of England in world history. That is for scholars to debate.
What is clear is that Elizabeth was adored and loved by her subjects.
As for those who want to fly their freak flag…let it go on this solemn day.

MarcelK Sep 09, 2022 10:09 PM
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"subjects" ... right. Many of them disagree. As for "solemn day", she didn't die today, but around 184,000 (on average) other people did.

Gimli Sep 09, 2022 10:15 AM
Queen Elizabeth Dies at 96

I do remember when the Queen came to SB around March or April of 1983. The funny part was it rained when she was here, and SB officials organized a mini Fiesta for her. The Queen of Great Britain brought English weather here to SB. God bless her soul and the remaining former members of the punk rock band of The Sex Pistols who wrote a song and sang about her.

a-1662795705 Sep 10, 2022 12:41 AM
Queen Elizabeth Dies at 96

Yeah, you could say "it rained." !!

"“Queen Elizabeth II planned on sailing into Santa Barbara on Her Majesty’s Yacht Britannia to meet up with President Reagan and Nancy Reagan before heading up to Rancho Del Cielo for lunch and a horseback ride around the property,” the library notes on its website. “A severe storm, which brought more than three times the normal amount of rain to the area, made several last-minute changes to their meeting. The storm was howling and dumping rain on Santa Barbara and the coastline.
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip opted to take a U.S. Air Force plane from Long Beach to Goleta where the royal couple was met by President Reagan and First Lady Nancy Reagan." https://ktla.com/news/when-queen-elizabeth-ii-visited-california-in-1983/
"It poured more than four inches on Sunday. The Secret Service confirmed the creek was too high and the crossings too dangerous. On Monday, February 28, it rained another two inches."

The rain was now hitting the house horizontally, shaking the sliding glass doors in the kitchen, making them bow inward so much I was afraid they would explode. At one point the Secret Service called to ask how we were doing and to let us know they were clocking the winds at the heliport at over 100 miles per hour.
The next morning, on the first of March, it was wild and windy all over California. A tornado had ripped off a third of the Los Angeles Convention Center’s roof. Then an earthquake rattled Los Angeles. Earthquakes, hurricane winds, rain, hail, lightning, and thunderstorms all within 24 hours? It was a wonder we didn’t fall down on our knees and start praying for the rapture. The day was that crazy.
Very cool story!

That ride up Refugio Road must've been a hell of an adventure!

AwareHuman Sep 08, 2022 05:20 PM
Queen Elizabeth Dies at 96

A truly great woman & leader. She & Michelle Obama had a surprising friendship & respect for one another. ... showing all if us what emotional intelligence is at its best. There is no other leader now who garners such deep respect. She will be missed.

SBSand Sep 08, 2022 04:50 PM
Queen Elizabeth Dies at 96

I remember when they were at the mission, it was interesting to see such a different culture than the politics that we have here in our country, and awesome to see two strong women representing leadership. Born into a life that none of us will know or understand, she did her best and deserves the respect she has been shown by much of the world for all of these years. Rest in Peace Queen Elizabeth, you were a smart, funny, and tough lady in a world ruled more by men and narcissism than anything else.

a-1662679942 Sep 08, 2022 04:32 PM
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"Accounts for the Sovereign Grant, which funds the Queen and her household's official expenses, released in June of 2022 show the monarchy cost the taxpayer £102.4m during 2021-22 – an increase of 17% from the previous financial year."

And this just in:

"UK taxpayers will pay an additional £27.3 million ($33 million) over the next two years to plug a funding gap at the royal family and cover a drop in profit at the Crown Estate, which helps pay their expenses.

"Demands for more government cash follow a 17% increase in spending by the royals last year and comes at a time when the average UK household income fell for the longest period since records began in 1955. Family incomes are 1.3% lower than the year before, and public-sector workers have walked off the job in protest against pay offers below the current rate of inflation."

MarcelK Sep 09, 2022 08:26 PM
Queen Elizabeth Dies at 96

184,000 people die every day. Let's mourn them, including Bernard Shaw.

Ahchooo Sep 08, 2022 07:04 PM
Queen Elizabeth Dies at 96

We can dislike the institution of the monarchy while still admiring a woman who did her best in the situation to which she was born.

Babycakes Sep 08, 2022 01:11 PM
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Whether or not The Queen had inherited privilege or not is besides the point. She has provided incredible inspirational leadership for many/years and greatly responsible for the transformation of England after WWII. Everyone who knew and loved her thought of her as such a down-to-earth person....the American equivalent of "the girl next door." It was a truly amazing event when she showed up in Santa Barbara back in the early 80s. She brought a certain class, style, and grace to our city which had not been seen for a long time. Of course she as born into an incredibly powerful and privileged family, but was beloved the world around. She took some heat for her tumultuous relationship with Princess Di, but people are people and no one is perfect. I hope our local churches and the County Courthouse will toll their bells long and loud in honor of this great human being who helped so many people with her generosity. What a loss, and such a sad day. God Bless The Queen!!!

MarcelK Sep 09, 2022 08:27 PM
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" Everyone who knew and loved her thought of her as such a down-to-earth person....the American equivalent of "the girl next door." "

LOL. You are always so intentionally funny, BC.

a-1662666542 Sep 08, 2022 12:49 PM
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Fawning over inherited privilege is pretty tiresome. Her "leadership" was not inspiring nor transformational nor intellectual. She did a phony job as assigned in exchange for a life extreme privilege. When she visited SB the whole of the court house was inconvenienced, justice was delayed, people were kicked out of their offices just for a photo op. Note that today Edhat also notes the death of an unfortunate at the edge of our freeway. Do we think his passing was as significant? Or is it not true that the bell tolls for all of us.

a-1662982266 Sep 12, 2022 04:31 AM
Queen Elizabeth Dies at 96

How are people who call people "pathetic trolls" and ask questions like the one in your last sentence not trolls themselves?

MarcelK Sep 09, 2022 08:32 PM
Queen Elizabeth Dies at 96

3:25 hypocritically projects negativity and nastiness--no wonder they hide their name.

There are other points of view, many better backed by facts, e.g., https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/scaachikoul/queen-elizabeth-colonialism-racism-british-empire

a-1662768436 Sep 09, 2022 05:07 PM
Queen Elizabeth Dies at 96

Just during the Battle of Britain period, from ww2db.com:

10 Sep 1940 Bad weather restricted the Germans to flying reconnaissance missions only through most of the day. At 1715 hours, 6 small raids approached London, England, United Kingdom; 2 bombers were shot down and all of the rest were turned back by British fighters at the cost of one Spitfire fighter. Also on this date, ocean-going ships were banned from the port of London as these easy targets attracted German attackers. Overnight, the East End section of London was bombed, damaging the Buckingham Palace among others; South Wales, West Midlands, and Liverpool were also attacked during the night.

13 Sep 1940 Bad weather restricted the size of German raids, but still a continuous stream of single-bomber raids attacked London and surrounding RAF airfields in England, United Kingdom throughout the day; one of the bombs landed in front of the Buckingham Palace and another in the palace courtyard. Three of the German bombers were shot down during the day. Meanwhile, Royal Navy transferred battleships HMS Nelson and HMS Rodney to Rosyth and battleship HMS Revenge to Plymouth to deter a possible German landing through the next few days during tide conditions favoring landings. Overnight, German bombers attacked London and Cardiff.

9 Mar 1941 German aircraft bombed London, England, United Kingdom overnight, damaging Buckingham Palace and destroying the underground nightclub Café De Paris; 80 patrons were killed at the latter.

a-1662768046 Sep 09, 2022 05:00 PM
Queen Elizabeth Dies at 96

Buckingham palace was bombed on September 13, 1940.


FondofSB Sep 09, 2022 04:48 PM
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The palace was not hit through sheer luck and could have been leveled anytime.
Your "knowledge" of the precision and accuracy of night, mass bombing is laughable !

fitz Sep 09, 2022 04:09 PM
Queen Elizabeth Dies at 96

6542: When my parents were 15, they lived in Ireland where their families could not own land. My mother told us stories of soldiers breaking down their front door and running through their small house looking for her older brothers (1918 or so). Her brothers had to leave the country for their safety. She told of men in the next town being hunted down and hung in the town square. I think the royal family and their ilk had just a little to do with that misery. My father was one of 10. He left Ireland at age 21 with a 3rd grade education, because again, he could not buy land to farm. Of the 10, only 3 stayed in the local village. When we visit, we see the barracks/towers that the English built and used to house their troops to make sure the peasant farmers paid their taxes. This was about the time that Elizabeth was born into opulence that was probably paid for by those in servitude to the British monarchy. In the decade that Elizabeth was born, millions of Irish had to emigrate in order to have some basic rights and live a decent life. This history should not be hidden behind the royal pomp and circumstance.

SBSand Sep 09, 2022 01:47 PM
Queen Elizabeth Dies at 96

Don't resent people who are born into different lives than you... we all have a different path and hers was her own, just like yours was your own and it sounds like you have done your best, just as she did too. To be down on someone that hasn't earned your scorn to this level says a lot about your attitude.

a-1662750152 Sep 09, 2022 12:02 PM
Queen Elizabeth Dies at 96

Fond: When I was 15 I was living with my mother and my three siblings trying to get by on her salary and hoping that I could get a driver's license soon and imagining the fantasy that I might actually get a heavily used car too. We lived a "lower middle class" life that required all members of the group to contribute by chores, part time jobs, realistic expectations and acceptance of options. My parents managed to inculcate the idea of improvement and higher education in us and pushed us to accomplish what we could by merit. The idea that living in a palace with all the protections and privileges that she 'endured' is equivalent (much less more admirable) than other lives lived by working folks is silly. (The bombing of London by the Germans specifically and carefully avoided her palace, by the way, out of sympathy for her family's relationship with the German royalty.)

FondofSB Sep 09, 2022 11:04 AM
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6542 :
When she was 15 she was touring London devastated by German bombs with her father King George VI to reassure the Londoners. Her family never left London during the war despite the grave dangers they faced everyday the first 2 years of the war : they wanted to stay close to their people.
What did YOU or your children do when you were 15 ?

a-1662675950 Sep 08, 2022 03:25 PM
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I'm sad for you, pathetic troll, not just for the inability to appreciate a life of service, devotion, humility and positive contributions. More for your notion that spreading cynicism and negativity make your life worth living. Who loves you now, and who will mourn your passing?

CoastWatch Sep 08, 2022 12:42 PM
Queen Elizabeth Dies at 96

If you haven't watched the Netflix series, "The Crown", I'd highly recommend it. Probably not 100% factual, but interesting none the less...

John Wiley Sep 08, 2022 11:59 AM
Queen Elizabeth Dies at 96

Great pix of SB visit Ed. Thanks for this tribute. I guess like many, we've become more interested in her inspiring reign after the countless articles, documentaries, docu-dramas, biopix and the likes of Downton Abbey. There are some beautiful pix of the rainbow at Buckingham Palace as she passed at Balmoral. This morning we've been watching (and listening as it streams in the background), the excellent BBC live stream. Long live the Queen. In our memories. She just passed quietly, with family by her side.

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