Buckingham Palace released a statement to confirm that Queen Elizabeth II has died.
Queen Elizabeth II, the UK's longest-serving monarch, has died. Confirming the news, the Royal Family said that the monarch died at Balmoral aged 96, after reigning for 70 years. In a statement released on Thursday, 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."
The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon.— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) September 8, 2022
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Just earlier in the day, there were official reports on the Queen's health with doctors stating that she was critical. "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 Queen remains comfortable and at Balmoral," added the statement. As her health began to decline, it was reported that her family had rushed to be by her side at her Scottish home, Balmoral Castle. Doctors revealed that the monarch had been suffering from what Buckingham Palace has called “episodic mobility problems” since the end of last year, forcing her to stay away from nearly all her public engagements, reported the Dawn.
With her death, the Queen's first-born son Charles, the former Prince of Wales, will lead the country in mourning as the new King and head of state for 14 Commonwealth realms, added the BBC. The Queen became the longest-reigning monarch in British history in 2015 when she surpassed the tenure of her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria’s reign. She was on the throne for 70 years and is the second longest-serving monarch in the world, just after French King Louis XIV, who ruled for 72 years.
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Queen Elizabeth II, was just 25 when she took over the throne following the death of her father King George VI on February 6, 1952. She was crowned in June the following year. "I have in sincerity pledged myself to your service, as so many of you are pledged to mine. Throughout all my life and with all my heart I shall strive to be worthy of your trust," she said in a speech on her coronation day.
Her life has been one of service as she had once rightly declared in her address even before she became the monarch. As Sky News reports, in a radio address in 1947 on her 21st birthday, she had said, "I declare before you all that my whole life, whether it be long or short, shall be devoted to your service and the service of our great imperial family to which we all belong."
As for her funeral and final journey, details are yet to emerge. But it is expected that the Queen will be given a full state funeral, as is traditional to mark the death of a monarch. Reports are also doing the rounds that her body will be on public display allowing the public to pay their tributes and respects.