Queen Elizabeth II passes away at Scotland’s Balmoral Castle

Aeowynn Ayres, Entertainment Editor

Queen Elizabeth II was the monarch of the United Kingdom for 70 years when she assumed the title in 1952. When she passed away September 8, 2022, she had been the longest reigning monarch in British history.

After Buckingham Palace announced her death, the public prepared for ten days of mourning. The news itself broke in the United States when John Carroll students were in eighth mod that day.

The queen’s death was major news across the globe as the United Kingdom went into mourning. American journalists covered this story as they reflected on Queen Elizabeth II’s life and accomplishments. They also talked about her family and the future of the monarchy.

Juniors Ava Moore and Tory Jones said they learned the news from other students in their classes.
“I didn’t really think anything of it,” Tory said.

Junior Yianni Bonincontri agreed that he had found out through school. “I was actually really surprised that she passed away. I didn’t watch the funeral because it was during school, but I did see Mrs. K was watching it and thought about stopping in to watch with her.”

Senior Karlee Hartman had a similar reaction to her death and said, “I was so shocked that she passed away.”

“To be honest,” she continued, “I didn’t really know much about the monarchy until after she died, and then I learned about it through social media platforms like Instagram and TikTok. I didn’t watch the funeral.”

Senior Olivia Chesla said, “I found out earlier that day that she was very sick. Then I heard later on in the day that she had died. I did watch some of the funeral, too.”

Upon the queen’s death, her oldest son became King Charles III. The king’s oldest son and his son’s wife soon became the Prince and Princess of Wales.