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Darlings, it’s FRIDAY. Congratulations to all of us. As per the usual, our Friday LOunge is a warm, sunny resort space, but of course our thoughts are all focused on the UK. The Queen has finally passed after a long life and an astonishing record of service to her people and every single article on today’s Menu of Distractions is about this historic event. We, for our parts, are going to miss the Cathy Cambridge nickname, but we suppose Cathy Cornwall has a nice ring to it for now. After Williams’ presumed investiture as the Prince of Wales, we suppose we’ll start calling her Princess Cathy, which is kind of fun. As weird as it is to see “King Charles” in use, we suspect a lot of folks over 35 are going to have a much harder time with “Catherine, Princess of Wales.”
What Happens to the British Monarchy Now?
“The queen is dead. Long live the King,” is a phrase that was last uttered in 1901 upon the passing of Queen Victoria, when her son Edward ascended to the British throne. But on September 8, Buckingham Palace announced the death of Queen Elizabeth II and the succession of the Prince of Wales, now the King Charles III. The proclamation, largely figurative in use for 121 years, is once again permeating through the press and pop culture.
What Are the Royals’ New Titles After the Death of Queen Elizabeth?
The monarch previously expressed her wish to have Camilla’s title changed.
Immediately following the death of Queen Elizabeth II, who passed away peacefully on Thursday, her firstborn son, Prince Charles, officially became the reigning monarch of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth realms. But what will he and his wife, Duchess Camilla, be referred to from now on? And will things change for the Cambridges?
A spokesman for His Majesty confirms to BAZAAR.com that the monarch will be known as King Charles III. Meanwhile, Camilla, formerly known as the Duchess of Cornwall, will now be recognized as Queen Consort.
Queen Elizabeth: A Life in Photos
There is perhaps no way to measure the number of photos taken of Queen Elizabeth II, the longest-serving British monarchy in history. But here’s an idea: Getty Images and Alamy—two of the largest online visual databases in the world—each has well over 100,000.
After all, the Queen was publicly known from the moment she was born: her father, the Duke of York, stood second in line to the British throne, making her newsworthy even in the earliest days of her life. Yet she likely never imagined that one day her image would take over the world—on newspapers, on television, even on money as the Queen of England. She was, after all, never supposed to be monarch at all.
Remembering Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Britain’s longest reigning monarch, has died at home in Balmoral in Scotland, aged 96, surrounded by her children, including her eldest son, now King Charles III.
Through the 70 years of her reign, years of devoted service to her country and the Commonwealth and its peoples, the queen has been globally revered and widely beloved as she weathered a roiling century and some personal storms with enduring equanimity and grace. She witnessed history being made and was a part of it. Her knowledge of world events, politics, and power structures was nonpareil. Known to us all as a symbol of stability, she was at once a figure so potent that she visited her subjects in our dreams and was perceived as an extended part of our families but nevertheless guarded her inner world with the strength of the monarchs who built Britain, remaining in many ways inscrutable to the end.
The Vogue Guide to the Platinum Jubilee, Celebrating 70 Years of Queen Elizabeth’s Reign
On February 6, 2022, the Queen became the first British monarch in history to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee. Seven decades have passed since she acceded to the throne at the age of 25 following the death of her father, George VI. In the intervening years, she has advised 14 prime ministers, met 13 U.S. presidents and acted as a steadfast figurehead as the nation navigated countless crises. To mark this unprecedented milestone, events will be organized throughout the year, culminating in a four-day weekend in June.
Mother and Son: Inside Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles’s Complicated Relationship
Romantic and sensitive, young Charles had little in common with his straightforward, undemonstrative mother, but as decades passed, the duo developed a close, warm bond.
In early February, Queen Elizabeth announced it was her “sincere wish” that when Prince Charles becomes king, his wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, be given the title of queen consort. At the time, a spokesperson for Charles and Camilla said the couple was “touched and honoured” by the queen’s proclamation.
The statement-making gesture could also be seen as a gift from the 95-year-old monarch to Charles, and a blessing of the choices he’s made. The heir to the throne has always craved approval from his mother, and before her death, the queen seemed to be signaling confidence in the future King Charles III.
Behind her eyes: celebrating the Queen as a cultural icon
Figures from Joanna Lumley to Helen Mirren reveal why our monarch was such an extraordinary source of creative inspiration
In 2012, the National Portrait Gallery opened its show of 16 of the most powerful images ever made of the Queen (including those by Lucian Freud, Andy Warhol and Pietro Annigoni) with Equanimity, and closed it with Lightness of Being. Equanimity was the official portrait, showing the Queen with her eyes open, looking straight ahead. Its title reflects how she manages to stay composed, despite all the demands made of her. I asked her how she felt about the title of the work, and she said she thought it was appropriate.
All the Details on Queen Elizabeth’s Funeral
The longest-reigning British monarch in history died Thursday at the age of 96.
As monarch, the Queen will be given a state funeral, which is expected to take place at some point in the next two weeks. Specific details about the ceremony, which would have been planned for decades, have yet to be formally announced, though it is expected that the Archbishop of Canterbury, who the senior bishop of the Church of England, will lead the service. Per Buckingham Palace, “Following the death of Her Majesty The Queen, it is His Majesty The King’s wish that a period of Royal Mourning be observed from now until seven days after The Queen’s Funeral. The date of the Funeral will be confirmed in due course.
How Queen Elizabeth Impacted What We Eat and Drink
Here’s what we’ve learned about the late monarch’s dining habits over her seven-decade reign.
The reign of Queen Elizabeth II spanned seven decades, and as people across the globe mourn her passing, it’s a good time to examine how she impacted the food that shows up on dining tables around the world. Former Buckingham Palace chef Darren McGrady offers a peek behind the curtain and into the royal dining room in his book, Eating Royally: Recipes and Remembrances from a Palace Kitchen.
McGrady, who was Queen Elizabeth’s personal cook for 15 years, shares in his book that she had simpler eating habits than what you might expect. Sure, menus from state dinners and other elegant celebrations fit the glamorous fantasies many people harbor. But in her day-to-day life, the Queen did not exactly snack on caviar.
In memoriam: Queen Elizabeth II (1926-2022)
A tribute to the longest-ruling monarch in British history
Over her seven remarkable decades on the throne, the Queen consistently proved herself to be as powerful a leader on the world stage as she was an effective guiding hand to the British Government behind the scenes.
A steadfast source of inspiration, she vowed in a speech on her 21st birthday to devote her life to the service of her people – and this was a promise to which she held true, despite never having expected to become Queen.
Queen Elizabeth II Has Passed Away Aged 96: Obituary
Elizabeth II, Queen of the United Kingdom and 14 Commonwealth realms, has died aged 96 after 70 years on the throne. We look back at her Herculean strength, influence and hope in the face of adversity, as well as her enduring commitment to duty and family.
Since taking to the throne in 1952, it’s estimated the Queen carried out more than 21,000 engagements over the course of her reign, gave Royal Assent to approximately 4,000 Acts of Parliament and visited over 100 countries as Monarch, including Canada a staggering 22 times. During this time, she worked as Patron for over 500 organisations, sent more than 300,000 congratulatory cards to centenarians, and sat for over 200 official portraits.
Ever the technophile, the Queen embraced the digital age, launching Buckingham Palace’s first official website, sending her first tweet in 2014 and publishing her first Instagram post in 2019, as well as using an Oyster card to officially open the Elizabeth Line in May 2022.
Her Majesty The Queen, A Style Legacy
The familiarity of the hats, the quietly diplomatic choice of brooch, the shocks of colour and the sensible worn-in shoes will remain bastions of the 20th and 21st century style
As the role of the monarchy shifted during her 70-year reign, and the entire understanding of its existence was increasingly questioned, Her Majesty remained a popular, recognisable figure of quintessential Britishness. For those of us that have known no other British monarch, we are left with a legacy that will be marked by her inescapable sense of duty to the Crown and country, but also a decidedly strong sense of self and identity that feels singular in a world of chameleonic idols and a quickening trend cycle.
“I Give You My Heart And My Devotion”: Looking Back On Her Majesty The Queen’s Life In Service
As Buckingham Palace confirms the Queen’s death, Vogue retraces the life of the history-making monarch.
Born a second-tier member of the royal family on 21 April 1926, Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor became the heir presumptive to the British throne following the abdication of King Edward VIII in 1936, followed by the coronation of her father, King George VI, in 1937. She only graduated from heir presumptive to heir apparent after it became clear that George would never produce a son. Many years later, she would be instrumental in changing the rights of succession to ensure that the first-born child of any monarch stood next in line to the throne regardless of gender. The legislation, rolled out across the Commonwealth, came into effect in 2015, one of many ways in which she modernised the Crown as an institution during her reign as the longest-serving monarch in British history.
Scenes From A Nation In Mourning: Britain Pays Its Respects To Queen Elizabeth II
Queen Elizabeth II died peacefully on 8 September at Balmoral, her Highland estate, at the age of 96. She celebrated her Platinum Jubilee earlier this year, and had been performing official duties up to two days before her passing: she met Liz Truss – who became the 15th Prime Minister of her reign – at Balmoral on 6 September and invited her to form a new government.
Crowds were already gathered at the gates of Buckingham Palace by the time a brief official statement confirming the news came. As the heavens opened, mourners climbed the Queen Victoria Monument for a better view of the palace gates, black cabs lined the Mall as a mark of respect, and the piles of flowers and tributes mounted into the night.
70 Remarkable Photos From The Queen’s Seven Decades Of Royal Tours
I declare before you all that my whole life whether it be long or short shall be devoted to your service.” So said Princess Elizabeth in a speech to the Commonwealth, broadcast on the radio from Cape Town as she marked her 21st birthday in 1947. A mere five years later, she ascended the throne following the death of her father, King George VI, and the young Queen promptly set about making good on her promise. In November 1953, she embarked on a Commonwealth tour that covered 44,000 miles, spanned the West Indies, Australasia, Asia and Africa, and lasted until May the following year.
The Queen & Prince Philip: Their Love Story In 30 Photos
On 20 November 1997, the night of her 50th wedding anniversary, Queen Elizabeth II made a speech in front of Tony Blair and dozens of distinguished guests at London’s Banqueting House. It was relatively short and succinct, as her speeches usually were. She thanked the prime minister for hosting that evening’s festivities and acknowledged the country as a whole for supporting the couple during her reign.
But, at the end of her speech, she spoke of her husband, Prince Philip, with profound and uncharacteristic emotion: “He is someone who doesn’t take easily to compliments, but he has, quite simply, been my strength and stay all these years,” she said. “I, and his whole family and this and many other countries, owe him a debt greater than he would ever claim or we shall ever know.” Twenty-four years later, the royal family announced that Prince Philip had passed away peacefully at the age of 99 on the morning of 9 April 2021 at Windsor Castle. On 8 September 2022, Buckingham Palace announced that the Queen had passed away peacefully at Balmoral at the age of 96.
The Reign of Queen Elizabeth II Has Ended
Elizabeth, who died on September 8th at ninety-six, led a life made up of privilege and sacrifice, and even those who resented the former acknowledged the latter.
A modern monarchy—an oxymoron, if ever there was one—does not depend for its authority on the memorializing of such mystical moments. But they help. The institution of hereditary kingship is irrational and impractical, sustained in the present era only through a willful combination of public pageantry and concealed mystery. Sixteen months after the King’s death, millions watched Elizabeth’s coronation, thanks to cameras set up in Westminster Abbey. But off limits to viewers was the arcane ritual of the anointing of the monarch—when the Queen, seated beneath a canopy of golden cloth held aloft by four enrobed Knights of the Garter, was daubed on her hands, forehead, and chest with holy oil borne in a twelfth-century gold-and-silver spoon. Just as the breath of kingship passed invisibly into her with her father’s passing, the perquisites and responsibilities of majesty were bestowed on her in that secret ceremony beneath the cloth of gold.
The subtle power of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign
The longest-reigning monarch in British history maintained a “blank slate” onto which her subjects, fellow politicians, and the world could project.
A recent UK poll showed the queen rejoicing in a favorability rating of 75 percent. Advocates for a British republic frequently cite the queen’s popularity as the reason England remains a monarchy. In his biography Queen of Our Times, Robert Hardman quotes the Australian Labor Party leader Neville Wran as saying, “The biggest problem we’ve got is the Queen! Everybody loves her.”
The queen’s popularity comes from a source that can feel somewhat remarkable in America, with its glad-handing politics. She has been beloved for decades not for a sparkling charisma or great rhetorical flair, but for her steadfast and superhuman ability to give absolutely nothing away.
The day of the Queen’s Coronation as remembered by five of her six blue-blooded Maids of Honour
The Queen’s Coronation Maids of Honour were the most glamorous blue-blooded girls of their generation. In 2013, 60 years on, they reunited to discuss that remarkable day they found themselves so near the very centre of, from Lady Anne Glenconner (then Coke), who received a telegram in America bidding her to return to England for the ceremony, to Lady Rosemary Muir (then Spencer-Churchill), who admired the Queen’s confidence and admitted to being ‘slightly in love with’ Prince Philip, who was something of a pin-up at the time
A history of the Queen’s relationships with her Prime Ministers
Days after Liz Truss was appointed the new PM by the Queen at Balmoral, as Buckingham Palace confirms the Queen has died, Tatler looks back at how well the monarch got on with her previous leaders
Sir Winston Churchill, 1951-1955
The wartime prime minister was a formidable presence for the Queen, providing a father figure at a time when she needed it most, at the very start of her reign. 51 years older than her, he offered to advise her from ‘a lifetime of experience’. When he retired, she wrote a handwritten note to him, saying ‘[no one will] ever for me be able to hold the place of my first prime minister, to whom both my husband and I owe so much and for whose wise guidance during the early years of my reign I shall always be so profoundly grateful.’ She also broke with royal protocol by arriving first at his funeral in 1965: traditionally, the monarch would arrive last, but she wanted to give Churchill’s family that honour.
6 actresses who’ve played Her Majesty The Queen
From The Crown to A Royal Night Out, these are the stars who’ve brought Elizabeth II to life on TV and in film
National treasure Helen Mirren was cast as Elizabeth II to star in The Queen, the 2006 film by director Stephen Frears – notably written by Peter Morgan, later of The Crown fame. The action centres on Elizabeth in the wake of the death of the late Diana, Princess of Wales, as she grapples with conflicting opinions about what constitutes an appropriate public response to the tragedy. Mirren won an Academy Award, BAFTA and Golden Globe for her performance, even garnering approval from the monarch herself, who invited the actress to dine at Buckingham Palace. Mirren sadly had to decline, however, as she was filming in South Dakota at the time.
U.K. Prepares for New Era After Queen’s Death
King Charles III is returning to London and will address the nation on Friday afternoon. The country now enters a mourning period that continues until after her funeral.
King Charles III will address his people on his first full day as monarch.
King Charles III, newly acceded to the British throne, is returning to London on Friday from Balmoral Castle in Scotland, a day after the death of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, to deliver an inaugural address to the nation.
The televised speech, expected in the late afternoon, will be the centerpiece of a solemn day of remembrance for the queen. But it will also emphasize the continuity of governance in Britain’s constitutional monarchy, as the new king will hold an audience with the prime minister, Liz Truss, who took office earlier this week.
Mourning Queen Elizabeth II, in Photos
Tributes to Queen Elizabeth II, who died on Thursday at 96, continued on Friday across the world. The broadly popular monarch had served on the British throne for seven decades.
When the royal family announced on Thursday evening that the queen had died, a press of people outside the gates to Buckingham Palace in London began to mourn. And institutions worldwide took steps to honor the queen, including the White House, which ordered the American flag be lowered to half-staff “throughout the United States and its territories and possessions until sunset, on the day of interment.”
Queen Elizabeth II Dies at 96; Was Britain’s Longest-Reigning Monarch
She ruled for seven decades, unshakably committed to the rituals of her role amid epic social and economic change and family scandal.
Queen Elizabeth II, Britain’s longest-serving monarch, whose broadly popular seven-decade reign survived tectonic shifts in her country’s post-imperial society and weathered successive challenges posed by the romantic choices, missteps and imbroglios of her descendants, died on Thursday at Balmoral Castle in Scotland, her summer retreat. She was 96.
The royal family announced her death online, saying she had died peacefully. The announcement did not specify a cause.
Her death elevated her eldest son, Charles, to the throne as King Charles III. In a statement, he said:
“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.
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