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Our Queen Elizabeth: Her Extraordinary Life from the Crown to the Corgis

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On 16September, Elizabeth's children held a vigil around her coffin, and the next day her eight grandchildren did the same. Her reign of over 70 years is the longest of any British monarch and the longest verified reign of any female head of state in history.

In 1965, the Conservatives adopted a formal mechanism for electing a leader, thus relieving the Queen of her involvement.The first official rendition of God Save the King will be sung at St Paul's Cathedral at the end of a memorial service for the Queen.

In Windsor, a final procession involving 1,000 military personnel took place, which 97,000 people witnessed.Intense media interest in the opinions and private lives of the royal family during the 1980s led to a series of sensational stories in the press, pioneered by The Sun tabloid. She was reportedly at her husband's bedside when he died, [219] and remarked in private that his death had "left a huge void".

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