Highlights | ‘Incredible, extraordinary woman’: New Zealand PM remembers Queen

Updated on Sep 09, 2022 08:00 AM IST

The Queen died peacefully at her summer home Balmoral Castle in Scotland on Thursday afternoon, the Royal Family said in a statement. The new King Charles III and The Queen Consort, who had reached the Castle to be with the Queen in her last few hours, will return to London on Friday.

Official portrait of the Queen Elizabeth II, taken in an unknown location. on June 1, 1953. (Photo by AFP)
Official portrait of the Queen Elizabeth II, taken in an unknown location. on June 1, 1953. (Photo by AFP)

Queen Elizabeth II, who was Britain's longest-reigning monarch, passed away at the age of 96 at her remote, summer home - Balmoral Castle, in Scotland on Thursday afternoon (local time).

“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 Royal Family tweeted.

Before the news of demise came, the Buckingham Palace said that doctors were concerned for Her Majesty's health and recommended that she remained under medical supervision. 

With the death of Queen Elizabeth II, her eldest son - Charles - acceded to the British throne immediately. At 73, he is the oldest to ever assume the throne. He has been an heir apparent since the age of three when his late mother was crowned the Queen. Besides the UK, King Charles III - as the new monarch will be known - has also become the head of state of all 14 nations of the Commonwealth, including Australia, New Zealand and Canada, among others.

 

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  • Sep 09, 2022 07:47 AM IST

    Brazil's Christ the Redeemer lit up in British flag's colours to pay tribute to Queen

    The Christ the Redeemer statue is illuminated with the Union Jack flag colors after Brazil's government decreed three days of mourning following the death of Queen Elizabeth II, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil September 8, 2022. (REUTERS/Pilar Olivares)
    The Christ the Redeemer statue is illuminated with the Union Jack flag colors after Brazil's government decreed three days of mourning following the death of Queen Elizabeth II, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil September 8, 2022. (REUTERS/Pilar Olivares)

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    New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern has called the late Queen Elizabeth II an “incredible woman”. “Young or old, there is no doubt that a chapter is closing today, and with that we share our thanks for an incredible woman who we were lucky enough to call our Queen,” she said, adding the late monarch was “extraordinary”.

    Queen Elizabeth II was the monarch of not just Great Britain but also 14 nations of the Commonwealth, which includes Australia and New Zealand. With Queen's eldest son Charles now becoming the new king, he has now taken over as the head of the state of the Commonwealth.

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  • Sep 09, 2022 05:42 AM IST

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  • Sep 09, 2022 12:41 AM IST

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  • Sep 09, 2022 12:08 AM IST

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  • Sep 08, 2022 11:45 PM IST

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    'The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral,'  tweets Royal Family

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    Queen Elizabeth II, Britain's longest-serving monarch, passes away at 96

    Queen Elizabeth II passed away at the age of 96. 

  • Sep 08, 2022 10:43 PM IST

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    European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said during a press conference in the Netherlands on Thursday that her prayers were with Queen Elizabeth II.

    “She represents the whole history of Europe that is our common home with our British friends.”

  • Sep 08, 2022 09:55 PM IST

    Princes Edward, Andrew, William, arrive at Balmoral: Report

    Princes Edward, Andrew and William have arrived at the Balmoral Castle, a report by the BBC said. 

  • Sep 08, 2022 09:50 PM IST

    Crowds gather outside Buckingham Palace as concerns mount over Queen's health

    As many as 100 people, braving torrential rain, stood at the gates of the Buckingham Palace as concerns grew over the health of Queen Elizabeth II. 

  • Sep 08, 2022 09:35 PM IST

    Prince Harry to travel to Balmoral alone: Report

    The Duke of Sussex Prince Harry will travel to Balmoral alone, a report by the BBC said on Thursday. It was earlier reported that Prince Harry and his wife- Meghan, who is the Duchess of Sussex would travel to Scotland. 

  • Sep 08, 2022 09:05 PM IST

    Thoughts of Canada with Her Majesty…: PM Justin Trudeau 

    “My thoughts, and the thoughts of Canadians across the country, are with Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at this time. We’re wishing her well, and sending our best to the Royal Family," Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted on Thursday. 

  • Sep 08, 2022 09:01 PM IST

    UK PM has no plans to travel to Scotland

    Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Liz Truss has no current plans to travel to Scotland, her spokesperson told news agency Reuters on Thursday. The spokesperson declined to comment on Queen Elizabeth's current health condition. 

     

  • Sep 08, 2022 08:48 PM IST

    Prince William arrives in Aberdeen

    Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, has arrived in Aberdeen and it is expected that he will now travel to Balmoral Castle.

  • Sep 08, 2022 08:28 PM IST

    Plane carrying 7 members of Royal Family lands in Aberdeen: Report

    A plane carrying seven members of the Royal Family landed in Aberdeen, BBC news reported on Thursday. The identities of the family members have not been revealed. 

  • Sep 08, 2022 07:51 PM IST

    Wish Her Majesty swift and lasting recovery: Muslim Council of Britain

    “Our thoughts and prayers are with Her Majesty the Queen and the royal family at this time. We wish Her Majesty a swift and lasting recovery,” Zara Mohammed, secretary general of the Muslim Council of Britain, tweeted on Thursday. 

  • Sep 08, 2022 07:35 PM IST

    Ex-UK PM Tony Blair ‘deeply concerned’ over Queen's health

    Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Tony Blair expressed concerns over Queen Elizabeth II's health. 

  • Sep 08, 2022 07:20 PM IST

    Queen Elizabeth II dogged by health problems since last October

    The 96-year-old monarch has been dogged by health problems since October  2021 that have left her struggling to walk and stand. On October 12 last year, Queen Elizabeth was seen using walking stick at Westminster Abbey service. 

  • Sep 08, 2022 07:17 PM IST

    Changing of Guard called off at Buckingham Palace

    The traditional ceremony of the Changing of the Guard, which was supposed to take place outside the Buckingham Palace on Friday morning, has been called off amid concerns over the Queen's health. 

  • Sep 08, 2022 07:09 PM IST

    May the blessings of the Lord strengthen and comfort Queen, her family: Archbishop of Westminster

  • Sep 08, 2022 06:42 PM IST

    Prince Charles now with Queen, says report Elizabeth II: Report

    Britain's Prince Charles is now with Queen Elizabeth II, BBC news reported on Thursday. 

  • Sep 08, 2022 06:34 PM IST

    Duke & Duchess of Sussex to travel to Scotland

    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex- Prince Harry and his wife Meghan- will be travelling to Scotland, a spokesperson for the couple said, according to reports on Thursday. 

  • Sep 08, 2022 06:15 PM IST

    Prayers of nation with the Queen, tweets Church of England

    Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, expressed concerns over Queen Elizabeth II's health and said “My prayers, and the prayers of people across the Church of England and the nation, are with Her Majesty The Queen today.”

    “May God’s presence strengthen and comfort Her Majesty, her family, and those who are caring for her at Balmoral,” the Archbishop tweeted. 

  • Sep 08, 2022 06:03 PM IST

    Whole country will be deeply concerned by news from Buckingham Palace: UK PM Liz Truss

    Newly appointed Prime Minister Liz Truss, who met the Queen just two days back after taking charge as PM, tweeted on Thursday, "The whole country will be deeply concerned by the news from Buckingham Palace this lunchtime.

    My thoughts - and the thoughts of people across our United Kingdom - are with Her Majesty The Queen and her family at this time."

  • Sep 08, 2022 06:00 PM IST

    ‘Thoughts and prayers are with Her Majesty and the Royal Family’: Rishi Sunak

  • Sep 08, 2022 05:57 PM IST

    Queen placed under medical supervision

    The Queen is under medical supervision at Balmoral after doctors became concerned for her health, according to the Buckingham Palace.

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