Queen Elizabeth Dies at 96
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)