London Bridge is Down


Ethan Chun, Editor-in-Chief

On September 8, 2022, Queen Elizabeth II, unfortunately, died at the age of 96 after a 70-year-long reign. 

On BBC, newsreader Huw Edwards announced, “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.” The National Records of Scotland confirmed Queen Elizabeth II’s cause of death as old age. The Queen peacefully passed away with her beloved sons by her side. 

Elizabeth was the eldest daughter of Prince Albert, Duke of York, and Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon. On November 20, 1947, Princess Elizabeth married  Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark. Their first child, Prince Charles, was born the following year at Buckingham Palace. Princess Elizabeth ascended to the throne and began her reign on February 6, 1952 and her coronation was held on June 2, 1953, at Westminster Abbey. Queen Elizabeth reigned for the next 70 years; the longest of any British monarch. 

All major news channels broadcasted the Queen’s funeral. Anyone with access to the internet could witness the carrying of the Queen’s coffin up to St. George’s Chapel where she will join the remains of her family.

Quickly following the Queen’s passing, Prince Charles III acceded to the throne on September 8, 2022. King Charles III is the oldest monarch elected at the age of 73. King Charles III’s coronation is expected to happen on May 6, 2023. 

Both the funeral of Queen Elizabeth and the coronation of King Charles are the first to happen in 70 years. Both are significant events in the history of the United Kingdom and worldwide. 

Throughout Queen Elizabeth’s long and successful reign, everyone worldwide has grown accustomed to her method of ruling. King Charles III’s method of ruling differs from his mother’s and causes people to adapt to this change.