BreakPoint: Queen Elizabeth II’s life of faithfulness

Passers by walk in front of a picture of Queen Elizabeth II, in London, Sunday, Sept. 11, 2022. Queen Elizabeth II, Britain's longest-reigning monarch and a rock of stability across much of a turbulent century, died Thursday Sept. 8, 2022, after 70 years on the throne. She was 96. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

The Queen has died.

When those words were heard and repeated, over and over Sept. 8, people around the world knew immediately which queen. In fact, few are alive today who can remember a time when she was not on Britain's throne. She lived to 96, not only the longest-reigning monarch in British history but the second-longest-reigning monarch in all of history, surpassed only by King Louis XIV of France, the "Sun King." Among the many anecdotes that put her life in historical context, Elizabeth II was queen for a full third of the existence of the United States of America as a nation.

When Elizabeth ascended to power, Winston Churchill was the prime minister. Just two days before she died, in a final act of royal duty, Elizabeth received a 15th person into that high office.