Her Majesty The Queen has Died at Age 96


Gretchen Hatley, Copy Editor

London Bridge is officially down.  

Elizabeth II was Queen of The United Kingdom for exactly 70 years and 214 days. She was the longest reigning British monarch; being a face of determination, will, and strength for the people of the UK.  

Operation London Bridge was the plan set for Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral. Created in the 1960’s, the plan has changed numerous times following up to her abrupt passing this Thursday. The Queen herself signed off on every step and her son Charles finalized and approved the intricate plan. It starts with its widely recognized code – “London Bridge is down.” When the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom would be told this, it thus initiates the articulated plan in gear.

 With this procedure in mind and own details presented for The Queen herself; her son Prince Charles will automatically become monarch. Now, better known as King Charles III. This afternoon, September 9th, 2022, he made his first speech addressed to the public as King. “I speak to you today with feelings of profound sorrow. Throughout her life, Her Majesty The Queen – my beloved Mother – was an inspiration and example to me and my family … Queen Elizabeth was a life well lived; a promise with destiny kept and she is mourned most deeply in her passing. That promise of lifelong service I renew to you all today.” King Charles was adamant on his promises to his people for The King he will be; as the position that once belonged to his mother now lies in his hands. He goes onto say, “As The Queen herself did with such unswerving devotion, I too now solemnly pledge myself, throughout the remaining time God grants me, to uphold the Constitutional principles at the heart of our nation. And wherever you may live in the United Kingdom, or in the Realms and territories across the world, and whatever may be your background or beliefs, I shall endeavor to serve you with loyalty, respect, and love, as I have throughout my life.” King Charles III concludes his speech by a thank you to his mother. “And to my darling Mama, as you begin your last journey to join my dear late Papa, I want to simply say this: thank you. Thank you for your love and devotion to our family and to the family of nations you have served so diligently all these years.”  

Operation London Bridge covered aspects from the public and media to broadcasting. On September 8th, 2022, at the Balmoral Castle in Scotland, the plan came to fruition.  

It had been spread by the media that The Queen was in ill health just hours before her eventual passing. Though the specific root of reasoning for her death has not been released, it was stated that her passing in her summer getaway was quite peaceful. Word from her first born, who now honorably holds his mother’s place, was delivered out onto social media. “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.” King Charles III goes on to say, “I know her loss will be deeply felt throughout the country, the Realms and the Commonwealth, and by countless people across the world.”  

When the public gained notice of The Queen’s passing, it spread rapidly. An outbreak and frenzy of questions built on a flood of overwhelming emotions. From concern, confusion to even nostalgic and reminiscent of Lady Diana Spencer. Through the rise of this chaos, it made people hyper-aware of the powerhouse that Queen Elizabeth was and the history that she not only lived through but made. From World War II, 9/11, the Cold War, 14 U.S. Presidents, and the Covid-19 Pandemic, she was a witness to unique and pivotal times in our history. Queen Elizabeth II watched a transformation of her people and the world in her reign as Queen.  

Countless news outlets and civilians began remembering and showcasing the extraordinary, courageous life she lived. Ruling for seven decades, The Queen may not be physically present anymore, yet her impactful and resolute essence remains. It’s strung throughout not only through The United Kingdom, but the World entirely.  

On September 19th, 2022, a state funeral will be held for Her Majesty The Queen, Elizabeth II.