Queen Elizabeth II has died, it was announced today.
She had reigned since 1952, succeeding her father, George VI, and was the second longest-serving monarch in world history after Louis XIV of France, who reigned for 72 years. She will be succeeded by her eldest son, Charles, who will take the regnal name King Charles III. Her popularity among the British public endured even in a less deferential era and she was admired by republicans for her public service.
Her speeches and interventions during the Covid-19 pandemic were among her most praised. “We should take comfort that while we may have more still to endure, better days will return: we will be with our friends again; we will be with our families again; we will meet again,” she said.