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Queen Elizabeth II, Britain’s Longest-serving Monarch, Dies at 96

Elizabeth's eldest son Charles, 73, automatically becomes king of the United Kingdom and the head of state of 14 other realms. His wife Camilla becomes Queen Consort.

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Queen Elizabeth II, Britain's longest-reigning monarch died at her home in Scotland aged 96 on Thursday.

Queen Elizabeth II, Britain’s longest-reigning monarch died at her home in Scotland aged 96 on Thursday.

“The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon,” Buckingham Palace said in a statement. “The King and The Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral this evening and will return to London tomorrow.”

The Queen was born Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor, in Mayfair, London, on 21 April 1926.

She is survived by four children, eight grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren.

Elizabeth’s eldest son Charles, 73, automatically becomes king of the United Kingdom and the head of state of 14 other realms including Australia, Canada and New Zealand. His wife Camilla becomes Queen Consort.

King Charles III First statement

King Charles has made a statement about the death of his mother, Queen Elizabeth.

He said: “The death of my beloved mother, Her Majesty the Queen, is a moment of the greatest sadness for me and all members of my family.

“We mourn profoundly the passing of a cherished Sovereign and a much-loved mother.”


 

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