Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain has passed away at the age of 96.
- As worries about her health intensified, her family gathered at her Scottish estate.
- As the time of official mourning was declared, flags on famous structures in Britain and the Commonwealth were lowered to half-mast.
- Elizabeth became queen in 1952 upon the death of her father, King George VI.
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On Thursday, September 8, Buckingham Palace released a statement confirming the information.
The Queen passed away quietly this afternoon at Balmoral. The King and the Queen Consort will stay at Balmoral through tonight and go back to London the next day.
// Buckingham Palace
Her Majesty had been under medical care in Balmoral after her doctors showed concern about her health, Buckingham Palace revealed. The longest-reigning monarch in British history, Queen Elizabeth II celebrated her Platinum Jubilee this year after 70 years on the throne. The Queen made several appearances throughout the celebrations that took place across the United Kingdom (UK).
Queen Elizabeth II was served by fifteen prime ministers, a testament to her great intelligence, and understanding of international affairs. She also mastered political neutrality and diplomacy. After her passing, her eldest son Charles, the former Prince of Wales, will take the throne as the new King and ruler of 14 Commonwealth states, leading the nation in grief.
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