The Life and Death of The Queen

The Life and Death of The Queen

Charli Frazier, Reporter

Queen Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor of The United Kingdom passed away on September 8, 2022. She was staying at Balmoral Castle in Aberdeenshire, Scotland at the time. Junior Rebekah Letsinger said “I was in English class when I learned about her death.” Her death came after a year of widowhood following the passing of her husband, Prince Phillip, the former Duke of Edinburgh.

“I keep seeing TikTok’s and news articles about it,” said Rebekah.

According to, Queen Elizabeth was born on April 21, 1926. Her father, then Prince Albert, was never expected to take the throne, but ultimately took on sovereignty after King Edward VIII abdicated when Elizabeth was only ten years old. At the break of World War II, young Elizabeth would be made an honorary colonial in the 500 Grenadier Guards, which was a regiment in the Royal Army. She married Philip two years later.

The couple would go onto have four children: now King Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward. When asked how he feels about Prince Charles becoming King Charles, Mr. Adkins said, “He probably wouldn’t be my top choice. I get his age, he’s like 74 or 73?”

“I think it might have been better to pass it on to his son,” said Adkins.

In 1951, Elizabeth succeeded her father, King George VI, and became Queen of The United Kingdom at the age of 25. She would go onto reign for the next seven decades, becoming the second longest reigning monarch in history. She has lived through 15 prime ministers and 13 United States presidents. Junior Aydenn Smith said, “I think her death was very controversial. There are people celebrating and mourning.”

The Queen’s funeral will be held on Monday at Westminster Abbey.

“She did some pretty cool things, but I’m not a fan of the colonization to be honest,” said Aydenn.