Queen Elizabeth Has Died Aged 96

The Queen's death.
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Queen Elizabeth II has died aged 96, Buckingham Palace has announced.

A statement from the palace confirmed she died at Balmoral Castle on Thursday afternoon.

It reads: “The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon.

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“The King and the Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral this evening and will return to London tomorrow.”

She was the second-longest reigning monarch in world history – ruling for more than 70 years.

Her eldest son will soon be crowned King Charles III.

The announcement comes after the Queen pulled out of the Privy Council this week, with doctors advising her to rest.

The Queen appointed Liz Truss as Prime Minister at Balmoral, instead of travelling to London for the event.

During her 70-year reign, the Queen has typically had an audience with her new Prime Minister at Buckingham Palace.

She has been on a summer break at her Scottish home since July.

Prince Charles, Camilla, Prince Andrew, Princess Anne, Prince Edward, Prince William, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle all travelled to Scotland to visit her.

Thousands of people are expected to pay their respects.

The Queen took her place on the throne after taking over from her predecessor and father George VI in 1953, who became king after his brother abdicates the throne to be with his wife in 1936.

She was always praised for her stability, which was believed to be necessary after the Second World War.

She was also vital in re-establishing the Commonwealth since there were only eight countries involved when she took over and there are now 54.

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