Queen Elizabeth II has tragically died at the age of 96-years-old. She was the UK’s longest-reigning monarch for the past 70 years. “The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon,” Buckingham Palace said in a statement. She first came to the throne following the death of King George VI on February 6, 1952. She was 25-years-old.
“The King and The Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral this evening and will return to London tomorrow,” they stated. Her eldest son, Charles, will automatically become king of the United Kingdom and is now the head of state of 14 other realms including New Zealand, Australia, and Canada.
Queen Elizabeth II, Britain’s Longest-Serving Monarch, Has Died
Earlier this morning, The Queen had been ordered by medical professionals to “remain under medical supervision.”
“Following further evaluation this morning, The Queen’s doctors are concerned for Her Majesty’s health and have recommended she remain under medical supervision,” the statement read.
The monarch’s immediate family had already been informed and traveled to be by her side. The news of the Queen’s health concern followed an announcement that she couldn’t’ preside over a scheduled Privy Council. Medical experts had advised her to rest.
“After a full day yesterday, Her Majesty has this afternoon accepted doctors’ advice to rest,” the Palace stated. “This means that the Privy Council meeting that had been due to take place this evening will be rearranged.”
According to reports, the queen’s oldest children, Charles Prince of Wales and his wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall; as well as her daughter Princess Anne were already at Balmoral when she was admitted.
UK Prime Minister Liz Truss on Twitter
After the announcement of the Queen’s health, UK Prime Minister Truss took to Twitter to give her warm regards and thoughts to the Queen and her family. “The whole country will be deeply concerned by the news from Buckingham Palace this lunchtime,” she tweeted.
“My thoughts – and the thoughts of people across our United Kingdom – are with Her Majesty The Queen and her family at this time.”
The Queen has battled several other health conditions this past year, including COVID-19 and an overnight hospital stay for what Buckingham Palace described as “preliminary investigations.”