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Pacific mourns the passing of Queen Elizabeth II

The region is mourning the death of Queen Elizabeth II, the UK’s longest-serving monarch, who died at Balmoral aged 96 after reigning for 70 years.

According to a statement from the Royal family, she died peacefully on Thursday afternoon at her Scottish estate. Queen Elizabeth II came to the throne in 1952 and witnessed enormous social change.

Her son King Charles III said the death of his beloved mother was a “moment of great sadness” for him and his family and that her loss would be “deeply felt” around the world.

He said “We mourn profoundly the passing of a cherished sovereign and a much-loved mother.

The Queen smiles at Prince Philip during their tour of the South Pacific in Fiji in 1982. Picture: HM Queen Elizabeth II Facebook

“I know her loss will be deeply felt throughout the country, the realms and the Commonwealth, and by countless people around the world.”

The King and his wife, Camilla, now Queen Consort, will return to London on Friday, Buckingham Palace said. Senior royals had gathered at Balmoral after the Queen’s doctors became concerned about her health earlier in the day.

All of the Queen’s children travelled to Balmoral, near Aberdeen, after doctors placed the Queen under medical supervision. Her grandson and now heir to the throne, Prince William, and his brother, Prince Harry, also gathered there.

Prime Minister Liz Truss, who was appointed by the Queen on Tuesday, said the monarch was the rock on which modern Britain was built, who had “provided us with the stability and strength that we needed”.

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II receiving a bouquet from Adi Kaunilotuma at the Suva wharf 1963. Picture: National Archives of Fiji

The Queen and the Pacific

Queen Elizabeth II became the British monarch to have visited the Pacific nations the most. The British at one point had 16 colonies in the Pacific and most of these nations gained independence under her rule.

Queen Elizabeth II has been visiting the Pacific since 1953, just a few months after her coronation. Her initial visit was to Fiji and Tonga in 1953, a few months after her coronation.

The Queen and Prince Philip share a moment on their trip to Kiribati during their tour of the South Pacific in the fall of 1982. Picture: HM Queen Elizabeth II Facebook

In 1974 she attended the opening of the Rarotonga International Airport and in October 1982, her tour included Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Nauru, Kiribati, Tuvalu and Fiji.

She returned in February 1977 to visit Fiji as part of the Silver Jubilee Celebrations of her accession to the British throne. In 1953, she was hosted to a banquet at Suva’s Grand Pacific Hotel and told guests that Fiji was the first Pacific nation she had come to.

The Royal family of Tonga told media that they had a special relationship as Queen Sālote Tupou III attended her coronation in London in 1953.

Fiji, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Cook Islands, Papua New Guinea, Nauru, Kiribati, Tuvalu, Tokelau and Niue were all under the British Empire at one stage.

Some of these nations still have the Union Jack in their flag as a mark of respect to the British Empire.

 

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  1. Jamaline java 3 weeks ago
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    Qeen Elisabeth I die chi’s a beautiful woman and rest in peace😭💖

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