The Queen of England, Queen Elizabeth II is dead. She died at Balmoral aged 96. After news of her declining health spread early on Thursday, her loved ones gathered at her Scottish estate.
The Royal Family has tweeted that Queen Elizabeth II died peacefully on Thursday September 8.
“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,” the Royal Family said.
Queen Elizabeth II is dead, Buckingham Palace Announces
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. pic.twitter.com/VfxpXro22W
— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) September 8, 2022
Since her accession to the throne in 1952, the Queen has seen dramatic shifts in society.
Charles, her eldest son and the former Prince of Wales, will now rule over the 14 Commonwealth realms as King after her passing.
After doctors put the Queen under close medical observation, all her children travelled to Balmoral.
Her grandson, the Duke of Cambridge, other sons, the Duke of York and the Earl of Wessex, and his wife Sophie, the Countess of Wessex, arrived at Aberdeen airport just before 16:00 BST.
The queen had a number of health setbacks in her final months. The confirmation that she had tested positive for COVID-19 came from Buckingham Palace in February. The following week, the monarch was put on “light responsibilities.”
The 96-year-old attended fewer public events in the weeks preceding her Jubilee festivities in early June due to mobility concerns, and she was compelled to skip a service commemorating her 70-year reign due to “some discomfort.”
Queen Elizabeth II, who was only 25 years old when she rose to the throne in 1952, the longest reign in British history belongs to her. She eclipsed the mark set in 2015 by her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria, who ruled for 62 years.
She celebrated her Platinum Jubilee this year, making history’s second-longest-serving monarch, King Louis XIV of France, who ruled for 72 years and 110 days, the first.