Rest in Peace Queen Elizabeth

Queen Elizabeth the Second died yesterday at Balmoral Castle in Scotland.  She was 96 years old.

Her son Charles . . . who is now King Charles the Third, said, quote, “The death of my beloved Mother, Her Majesty the Queen, is a moment of the greatest sadness for me and all members of my family.”

Elizabeth held the throne for 70 years, making her the longest-serving female head of state in HISTORY.  She was also the longest-reigning British monarch ever.  She assumed the throne in February of 1952, at the age of 25.

Her coronation in 1953 was televised . . . at her insistence . . . and was seen by 277 million people around the world.  Some credit it with making TV a mainstream medium.

Despite being a princess, Elizabeth worked as a mechanic during World War 2.

Besides Charles, she had three other children:  Princess AnnePrince Edward, and the one they don’t talk about anymore, Prince Andrew.

And check THIS out:  Just an hour before the Queen’s death was announced, there was a DOUBLE RAINBOW over Buckingham Palace.  (!!!)

So at 73, Charles is finally king.

He’ll deliver a televised address today.  His wife Camilla Parker Bowles now carries the official title of Queen Consort.

(Hollywood Reporter)

1.  Prince Harry arrived yesterday at Balmoral Castle in Scotland, to be with his family after the death of his grandmother Queen Elizabeth the Second.  His wife Meghan Markle wasn’t with him, which the tabloids are gonna eat up.

But Prince William’s wife, Kate Middleton, didn’t go either.  She stayed back in London with the kids.  Meghan is also in London, and she’ll no doubt be part of any official remembrances.

2.  Dame Helen Mirren won an Oscar for playing Elizabeth in the 2006 movie “The Queen”.  She said, quote, “I’m mourning along with the rest of my country . . . If there was a definition of nobility, Elizabeth Windsor embodied it.”

(Check out more celebrity tributes here, and here are statements from President Biden and all the living ex-presidents.)

3.  Obviously, Helen Mirren isn’t the only actress to play Queen Elizabeth.  Others include Vanessa RedgraveOlivia ColmanImelda StauntonClaire FoyEmma ThompsonNeve Campbell, and even Fred Armisen.  (On “SNL”.)