Queen Elizabeth II Died. She Was Britain's Longest Reigning Monarch
Buckingham Palace announced, on Thursday evening, that Queen Elizabeth II, the longest reigning monarch in British history, has died aged 96.
Elizabeth II died at her Scottish residence at Balmoral Castle.
Sad News For The Britons: Queen Elizabeth II Died
As a result, the heir to the throne, Prince Charles, 73, is now King and will be officially proclaimed as such at St James's Palace in London as soon as possible.
In an official statement, Buckingham Palace conveyed "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 First Reaction Of Charles
"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. I know her loss will be deeply felt throughout the country, the realms, and the Commonwealth, and by countless people around the world.
During this period of mourning and change, my family and I will be comforted and sustained by our knowledge of the respect and deep affection in which the Queen was so widely held."
The Queen Was Initially Put Under Medical Surveillance
Earlier in the day, Buckingham Palace had announced that the Queen was under medical supervision at Balmoral after doctors became concerned about her condition.
Close members of the Queen's family were then informed, and a Palace spokesperson sent the following message to the public saying that following further assessment this morning, Queen Elizabeth II has been advised that the Queen's doctors are concerned for Her Majesty's health and have recommended that she remains under medical supervision.
Prince William then left for Balmoral Castle while the Prince of Wales was at Queen Elizabeth II's side.
Their Royal Highnesses the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall have traveled to Balmoral, a Clarence House spokesman conveyed at the time.
According to The Guardian, as Queen of the United Kingdom and 14 other kingdoms, as well as head of the 54-nation Commonwealth, Elizabeth II was easily the most recognizable head of state in the world during an extraordinarily long reign.
Arriving on the throne at the age of 25, she successfully steered the monarchy through decades of turbulent change, her personal popularity a ballast during the institution's most difficult periods.
The Queen was known for her elegant clothes, but also for her good taste in refined vintage and antique jewelry, such as unique pieces from the Victorian era.