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Queen Elizabeth II Dead at 96

Updated: Mar 13, 2023

UK’s longest reigning monarch was no stranger to Aberdeen

by Josh Pizzuto-Pomaco



Queen Elizabeth II has died at age 96, the Royal Family has confirmed.


In a statement yesterday afternoon, they said, ‘The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon.

The King and The Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral this evening and will return to London tomorrow.'


Surrounded by her family, the Queen passed away peacefully at Balmoral Castle, fifty miles west of Aberdeen.


The Queen, who had reigned since 1952, reached an unprecedented level of international recognisability during her reign. She ruled the United Kingdom through the governments of 15 prime ministers and seven decades of immense change.


From the decolonisation movement and the establishment of the Commonwealth, through the end of the Cold War and the beginning of the 21st century, she remained a constant presence at the helm of the nation. For many around the world, she served as the defining symbol of British culture and values.


The Queen was no stranger to Aberdeenshire, often travelling to Balmoral during the summer holidays. Just days ago, she welcomed Boris Johnson and Liz Truss to the castle to complete the transfer of power between Johnson and Truss.


The Queen made a number of official visits to the University over fifty years, with her first being in 1960 to open Aberdeen’s first residence hall. She returned in 1995 as part of the University’s 500-year anniversary celebrations, and again in 2002 during her Golden Jubilee Tour. In her last official visit, in 2012, she officially opened the multimillion-pound Sir Duncan Rice Library, alongside her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh.


In a statement Thursday night, the University said, 'We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and join with people worldwide in paying tribute to her extraordinary reign as Britain’s longest serving Monarch. Our thoughts and best wishes are with the Royal Family at this sad time.'


The Queen is succeeded by her eldest son, Prince Charles, 73, who will become King Charles III upon his coronation. Charles’ wife, Camilla, Duchess of Rothesay, has served as the Chancellor of the University since 2013.