The Queen’s Reign Ends

Brandon Looney, Reporter

The Queen of England has died.  Queen Elizabeth was the longest British reigning queen of the United Kingdom from June 2, 1953 until her death on September 8, 2022.  She was 96 years old.

The Queen was in power to 32 sovereign states through out her life time and before her passing, she ruled 15 states.

Her coffin traveled the streets of London in a gun carriage procession from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall.  Her coffin remained here until the morning of her funeral. At the Queen’s funeral her crown laid on top of her coffin. The name of her crown is “The Imperial State Crown.” The crown contains controversial African diamonds. Some of the jewels on the crown go back as the early 1400s. She wore the crown after her coronation and other purposes like State Opening of Parliament.

On the day of her funeral, her coffin traveled in procession to Westminster Abbey for the state funeral.  This ceremony was televised around the world for millions to watch.

In London thousands of people surrounded London Landmarks to pay their respects to the Queen. England football legend, David Beckham was seen to pay his respects to the Queen.

The Queen’s corgis stood with the aides to welcome in the Queen’s coffin into Windsor Castle. Over her lifetime she had owned 30 corgis and dachshund corgis these dogs are known as ” Dorgis.”

After the funeral, the coffin procession went from Westminster Abbey to Wellington Arch, traveling to St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle. She was laid to rest  at Windsor, next to her Mother, Queen Elizabeth I, her father, King George VI, and her sister.  The Queen’s husband, Prince Phillip will be buried with the Queen at this final resting place.

Her son, the newly appointed king, King Charles declared September 19 as a bank holiday to observe the Queen’s funeral.