The passing of Queen Elizabeth II marks a significant time in world history with a sadness that stretches to all corners of the globe.
The Queen died peacefully on Thursday 8 September 2022 at her Scottish estate at the age of 96. Her contribution to the United Kingdom, the realms and the Commonwealth has been highly regarded and respected as a much-loved sovereign.
2022 represented the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, marking her 70-year reign. She is the longest reigning monarch in British history and the second longest reigning monarch in the world.
Queen Elizabeth ascended the throne on 6 February 1952 following the tragic passing of her father, King George VI. After more than a year of mourning and preparations, Her Majesty The Queen was coronated on the 2 June 1953. Dignitaries from around the world were invited to attend the ceremony, with Sir Frank Nicklin being among those from Australia. Millions more were able to view the coronation on television. With Queen Elizabeth II being the first and only coronation completely televised.
In 1954 the Queen became the first reigning monarch to visit Australia. During the 58-day tour, the royals visited 57 towns and cities between Cairns and Hobart. At the time this was the single biggest event that had been planned in Australia.
The queen visited the Sunshine Coast in 2002 to open the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in Coolum.
King Charles III succeeds Queen Elizabeth II to the British throne.