Queen Elizabeth II dies after 70 years on the throne

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Queen Elizabeth II died in Balmoral on Thursday and will be remembered as Britain’s longest-reigning monarch. Her eldest son succeeds her as Charles III. 
Her life, spanning 96 years, saw post-war austerity, the independence of nations in the former empire, the last execution in 1964, the Berlin wall being built and torn down, the invasion of Iraq, wars in Afghanistan and the UK’s entry and exit from the European union. 
The Queen is widely described as having led a life of duty. She ascended to the throne aged just 26 following the death of her father George VI, who had himself become King unexpectedly. His brother Edward VIII abdicated in 1936 because the British government opposed his marriage to American socialite and divorcee Wallis Simpson.

Sustainable finance under King Charles 

The new King is known as a climate campaigner and warned at last year’s Pensions and Lifetime Savings ESG conference that “the clock is ticking”. 
In 2004, Charles founded the organisation Accounting for Sustainability, which aims to “transform finance to make sustainable business, business as usual”. A4S has published a message of condolence.
Like pension funds, the Crown Estate is increasingly aware of its climate impact. The palace said it plans “to establish a zero-greenhouse gas emissions baseline and roadmap in 2022-23 for The Royal Household’s direct operations (‘Scope 1 and 2’ emissions); and as soon as practically possible for The Royal Household’s indirect operations and supply chain (‘Scope 3’ emissions)”.

In 2013, the Guardian reported that the former prince, who turned 65 that year, would be claiming his state pension to donate it to a charity supporting older people.
How will Queen Elizabeth II’s death change the nation? 

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