The Queen’s Quietus


Malik Adi, Staff Writer

The Queen’s Quietus


     On this infamous day, a day that will echo throughout the future and appear in history books, September 8, 2022, marks the death of Queen Elizabeth II of England. The second-longest reigning monarch, following King Louis XIV of France’s reign of 72 years, 110 days, Queen Elizabeth ruled over England for 70 years, 117 days. Although she ruling of England for such time, she passed at 96 years of age, making her only 26 years old when assuming the throne. 


      Throughout her reign, Queen Elizabeth illustriously achieved status and power, as her accomplishments are still recognized and celebrated to this day. Shortly after her coronation, the day referred to as Ascension Day is recognized as the moment in which the Queen of England visited West Berlin in an effort to facilitate the aid being sent to the victims suffering still from the effects of the aftermath of World War II. Upon her arrival, thousands gathered in the streets to thank and congratulate the Queen for her coronation. 


     Leading up to this day her achievements served her well, as she proclaimed dominion over 32 sovereign nations, and 15 at the time of her death. Due to the Regency Acts of 1937, Queen Elizabeth served as a regent to countries whose leaders were deemed unfit to rule, further conveying how the Queen embodied greater methods of ruling than 32 rulers. 


     Despite Elizabeth accomplishing the impossible, it perhaps was her family that served as the acme of her reign. Consisting of twelve royals, Queen Elizabeth, along with Prince Philip, birthed four children, who today one stands in her place on the throne as King Charles III, and eight grandchildren total. Although she is deceased, her legacy today lives through the people of England and more importantly through her successors and family.