It was widespread information that the queen was slowing down, sporadic mobility points preserving her from showing in public as a lot as common and the April 2021 demise of her husband of 73 years, Prince Philip, sapping her of a few of her common vitality.
However it was nonetheless an enormous blow when she died on Sept. 8, simply two days after inviting the fifteenth prime minister of her reign, already-now-former PM Liz Truss, to kind a authorities. The queen’s passing was formally attributed to outdated age.
Soccer video games had been postponed, companies closed and hundreds of individuals left flowers, notes and different mementos exterior all the queen’s houses—Londoners at one level had been requested to please cease paying homage to her skit with Paddington Bear by leaving marmalade sandwiches exterior Buckingham Palace—as a interval of nationwide mourning commenced.
The queen, who died at Balmoral Fort, her Scottish dwelling, first lay in state at St. Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh earlier than she was transported to London’s Westminster Corridor, the place the queue to view her coffin stretched for miles and even David Beckham waited greater than 13 hours to pay his respects. The BBC maintained a stay feed of the solemn however touching scene, which at completely different factors included the queen’s 4 youngsters standing sentry and her eight grandchildren gathering for a silent vigil, up till the funeral procession to Westminster Abbey on Sept. 19.
An estimated 29.2 million individuals within the U.Okay. reportedly watched the state funeral on TV, and 11.4 million tuned in from the U.S., however neither determine consists of streaming numbers.