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Flags at half staff in Honor of Queen Elizabeth II

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Flags will be at half staff for the Queen Elizabeth II of England who passed away yesterday, September 8th, at the age of 96. She died peacefully at Balmoral Castle, her estate in the Scottish Highlands. After reigning for 70 years, her son became Britain’s new monarch, King Charles III.

“Her legacy will loom large in the pages of British history, and in the story of our world,” President Biden said.

The world is saluting Queen Elizabeth as “more than a monarch”— she “defined an era.”

“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.” In 2022, Elizabeth II became the first British monarch to reign for 70 years, and large-scale celebrations for her Platinum Jubilee occurred from 2–5 June. She reigned for 70 years, 7 months and 2 days before her death on 8th September 2022.

In Canada, where the British monarch is the country’s head of state, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s eyes were red with emotion as he saluted her “wisdom, compassion and warmth.” In India, once the “jewel in the crown” of the British empire, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted: “She personified dignity and decency in public life. Pained by her demise.”

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