Queen Elizabeth II has died

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    Queen Elizabeth II has passed away at the age of 96.

    It follows the news this morning that she had been placed under medical supervision at Balmoral Castle in Scotland, as her doctors are concerned for her health.

    With her death, her eldest son Charles will lead the country in mourning as the new King and head of state for 14 Commonwealth realms.

    He will officially be known as King Charles III.

    According to BBC News, a statement from Buckingham Palace said: “The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon. The King and the Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral this evening and will return to London tomorrow.”

    All the Queen’s children travelled to Balmoral today.

    Prince William is also there, while his brother, Prince Harry, is on his way.

    Queen Elizabeth II is the UK’s longing reigning monarch, celebrating 70 years on the throne earlier this year.

    Her reign spanned 15 prime ministers starting with Winston Churchill and including Liz Truss who was appointed earlier this week.

    BBC News says she was also head of state for post-war austerity, the transition from empire to Commonwealth, the end of the Cold War and the UK’s entry into – and withdrawal from – the European Union.


    STATEMENT ISSUED ON BEHALF OF KING CHARLES

    A statement has been issued by the Royal Family on behalf of Charles, the new King.

    It says:

    The death of my beloved Mother, Her Majesty The Queen, is a moment of the greatest sadness for me and all members of my family.

    We mourn profoundly the passing of a cherished sovereign and a much-loved mother.

    I know her loss will be deeply felt throughout the country, the Realms and the Commonwealth and by countless people around the world.

    During this period of mourning and change, my family and I will be comforted and sustained by our knowledge of the respect and deep affection in which the Queen was so widely held.