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Elizabeth II (Elizabeth Alexandra Mary; born 21 April 1926) is Queen of the United Kingdom and the other Commonwealth realms. Elizabeth was born in London, the first child of the Duke and Duchess of York, later King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, and she was educated privately at home. Her father ascended the throne on the abdication of his brother King Edward VIII in 1936, from which time she was the heir presumptive. She began to undertake public duties during the Second World War, serving in the Auxiliary Territorial Service. In 1947, she married Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, a former prince of Greece and Denmark, with whom she has four children: Charles, Prince of Wales; Anne, Princess Royal; Prince Andrew, Duke of York; and Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex.
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Prince Edward says outpouring of support after Queen's death was 'overwhelming'

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The Duke of Edinburgh has expressed that the wave of support following his mother, Queen Elizabeth II's passing, was "overwhelming".Edward stepped in for the King as Lord High Commissioner at the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland on Saturday, where he greeted the newly elected Moderator, Rev Dr Shaw James Paterson.Speaking to the assembly in Edinburgh, the duke reflected on the comfort he found in the support from Royal chaplains after the loss of his mother.

The late Queen died in September 2022 at her Balmoral estate in Aberdeenshire, concluding a historic 70-year reign and prompting a nationwide outpouring of tributes and memorials, including those in Edinburgh."For my own part, I just want to pay personal tribute to the chaplains of the Chapels Royal and especially those here in Scotland," he shared.He recounted moments when he felt the presence of God's care and love, saying: "And who could forget the scenes that followed the passing of my mother?

The outpouring of emotions, the demonstration of respect, love and grief was overwhelming and a privilege to experience and behold."I think I can speak for my whole family when I say we will remain forever grateful for that support."Reflecting on the death of his father, Philip, the previous Duke, just a year earlier, Edward described his mother's death as "far more emotional".The Duke of Edinburgh, accompanied by First Minister John Swinney and Edinburgh Lord Provost Robert Aldridge, expressed his deep appreciation for the support provided by chaplains to the Royal family, noting he was "really touched and comforted" by their discreet and compassionate service."I know it's part of the job description, so perhaps I shouldn't have been surprised, yet it not

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