Europe, UK, Ireland

Britain and the world mourn the passing of a much beloved monarch

Queen Elizabeth ll, Britain’s longest-reigning monarch, the nation’s figurehead and a towering presence on the world stage for seven decades, died peacefully at her home in Scotland on Thursday aged 96, as Reuters reports. Her death triggered reaction from politicians and officials around the world.

Some commentators describe her reign as a “golden age” reminiscent of that of her namesake Elizabeth I, who ruled England 400 years ago during a period of growing power and cultural flourishing.

With the death of his mother, Prince Charles has finally become king of the United Kingdom and 14 other realms, ending a wait of more than 70 years – the longest by an heir in British history.

You can read more and view a video obituary on

And as Dan Wiggins reported earlier this year for, the Queen was particularly picky about her spuds…

Sources: Reuters,
Photo: Britain’s Queen Elizabeth views the interior of the refurbished East Wing of Somerset House at King’s College in London February 29, 2012. Photo credit Reuters/Eddie Mulholland/POOL

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