According to the British “Guardian” report on the 13th, Queen Elizabeth II hosted the retirement ceremony for the former Secretary of State William Peel at Windsor Castle on the same day. This is also the first time that the Queen personally performed royal duties after her husband Prince Philip passed away.
The Secretary of the Palace is the highest official in the British Royal Court. The retired Peel has the title of earl and has served as the Secretary of the Palace for more than 14 years. According to the BBC, at this private event held at Windsor Castle, the Queen accepted Peel’s staff and badge. According to reports, Peel had been in charge of planning the funeral of Prince Philip, code-named “Operation Forth Bridge”. A week before Philip’s death, he had just handed over this work to his successor, Andrew Parker, the former head of the United Kingdom’s “MI5”. responsible for. According to reports, the British royal family is in the middle of a two-week mourning period. A royal family official said that the royal family members will continue to “conduct appropriate activities according to the situation.” According to a report from the US “People” magazine on the 13th, Buckingham Palace employees were not surprised that the Queen resumed performing royal duties.
A former senior assistant at Buckingham Palace said: “The Queen’s family will stand up and stay with her, but she will continue (performing her duties). She understands that she still has work to do, and (Philip) must also hope she can Persevere.” An insider who knows the royal family also said: “She will never give up, because responsibility, honor and public service have been deeply rooted in her heart, and it is the same for Philip.”
According to Yonhap News Agency’s report on the 14th, the “2021 World Population Report” released by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) on the same day showed that South Korea’s total fertility rate (referring to the average number of children born to each woman during the childbearing age of women in this country or region) ) Is 1.1, ranking first from the bottom for two consecutive years. According to the report, South Korea has not only a declining fertility rate, but also a slowdown in population growth: From 2015 to 2020, South Korea’s annual population growth rate was 0.2%, far below the world average of 1.1%. However, the proportion of the population over 65 years old reached 16.6%, ranking 42nd among 198 countries and regions. In addition, Korean women have a life expectancy of 86 years and men are 80 years old, ranking 4th and 19th in the world respectively.
South Korea’s “fnews” website reported that affected by factors such as the new crown epidemic, South Korea’s population intersection is approaching. Last year, the number of deaths in South Korea exceeded the number of new births for the first time, and now the low marriage rate and low birth rate are intensifying. Last year’s marriage rate per 1,000 people also decreased from 4.7 the year before to 4.2, the lowest value since South Korea’s statistics began in the 1970s.
According to Yonhap News Agency, a statistical result at the beginning of this month showed that due to factors such as the decrease in the school-age population, a total of 3,834 schools in South Korea were closed from 1982 to 2020. Only last year (March 2019 to February 2020) 50 schools closed. . As the school-age population gradually decreases, the number of closed schools is expected to continue to increase. South Korean universities predict that the overall decline in the school-age population is not limited to elementary schools, junior high schools, and high schools, but will also lead to the depletion of college admissions resources, especially in local cities outside the capital. This phenomenon will be more obvious.