Updated: Nov 17, 2022
By Emily Ibrahim
The queen has passed away. In the coming hours and days, the royal family will do what it does best: conceal uncertainties and emotion with rituals and ceremonies. Flags will fly at half-mast, rituals will start, and bells will ring. There is, nevertheless, sadness right now.
Practically everyone has only ever known Britain with Queen Elizabeth II as a ruler, meaning it is difficult to envision it without her. She ascended to the kingdom at the age of 25, and she passed away at the age of 96. There will be honors at her reign's ending. After Buckingham Palace revealed that Queen Elizabeth II, the world's longest-reigning monarch and the face of the United Kingdom for seven decades, had passed away, tributes began to stream in from all over the world. "She defined an era," US President Joe Biden remarked. He went on to say,"In a world of constant change, she was a steadying presence and a source of comfort and pride for generations of Britons, including many who have never known their country without her.”
The palace gave little specifics regarding the manner of Queen Elizabeth's passing, only stating that she passed away "peacefully" at Balmoral Castle in Scotland, where she had previously spent her late summer vacation.
The queen's health had come under intense scrutiny before her passing, particularly after she was diagnosed with COVID-19 and complained of "episodic movement difficulties," as the palace put it.
"When we talk about collective grief, we often mistakenly think we need to know the person," says David Kessler, a grief specialist and founder of Grief.com. "What people often don't understand is that the person was a part of our lives without ever meeting them." In the case of Queen Elizabeth, people all over the world are weeping as this will be a time in history that will never be forgotten. “Whether you knew the queen or not, you will always remember the exact time and place you were when you found out about the Queen's death,” Mrs. Perez remarked. It is safe to say we all felt a sense of grief when the Queen passed and she will be missed.