British longest reigning monarch Queen Elizabeth II dies at 96

Britain’s longest-reigning monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, has died aged 96 years, the Buckingham Palace announced on late Thursday.

LONDON – Britain’s longest-reigning monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, has died aged 96 years, the Buckingham Palace announced on late Thursday.

Fears for Queen Elizabeth II grew on Thursday after Buckingham Palace said her doctors were “concerned” about her health and had advised her to remain under medical supervision.

However, the Royal Family ended hours of speculation on social media about the Queen’s life status with a message late Thursday confirming her death.

“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,” tweeted The Royal Family.

The 96-year-old head of state – Britain’s longest-serving monarch – had been plagued with health issues that prevented her from walking and standing since last October.

On Wednesday, Queen Elizabeth II pulled out of a scheduled meeting with her top political advisers after being told to rest.

The day before, she held audiences with outgoing Prime Minister Boris Johnson during his Scottish Highlands retreat at Balmoral and named his successor, Liz Truss.

On 2 June 1953 then Princess Elizabeth ascended to the throne with her coronation at the age of 27 following the death of her father, King George VI.

During the coronation, she was crowned queen of the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Pakistan, and Ceylon (now Sri Lanka).

Queen Elizabeth II will be succeeded by eldest son Prince Charles, 73, who will assume the title of the King after eventual coronation.

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