Queen Elizabeth II Dies At 96 Years Old After Reigning For 70 Years

It was announced on Thursday that Queen Elizabeth II was under "medical supervision" at Balmoral Castle in Scotland. Sadly, hours later, it was confirmed that the monarch has passed away.

By Gina Florio1 min read
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The Queen was staying at Balmoral Castle in Scotland this week while doctors were supervising her health. Prince Charles and his wife Camilla Parker Bowles (who will become Queen Consort) were with her at Balmoral while Princes William and Harry were traveling to see her. The monarch died on Thursday at age 96. She reigned the United Kingdom for 70 years.

Queen Elizabeth II Dies at 96 Years Old After Reigning for 70 Years

Queen Elizabeth II assumed the throne in February 1952 following the death of her father, King George VI, who only became king because his brother abdicated the throne. She served as the longest-ruling monarch in British history.

The United Kingdom will now observe a 12-day period of mourning. Soon after, Prince Charlies will become King and his wife Camilla will become Queen Consort.

“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," Buckingham Palace said in a statement.

Many are mourning her death. She left behind four children, eight grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren.

Her last public appearance was on Tuesday, when she greeted Britain's new Prime Minister, Liz Truss. She was smiling for photos at the time and holding a walking stick, but apparently her health took a turn for the worse in the last two days.