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England’s longest-ruling monarch has passed away

The Royal Family made the announcement Thursday that Queen Elizabeth II “died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon.” 

Prince Charles immediatly became the King of England, and will rule as King Charles III. He issued a statement following his mother’s death expressing the family’s grief. “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.”

Earlier on Thursday, Queen Elizabeth II had been placed under medical supervision at Balmoral Castle, her estate in Scotland Highlands, Buckingham Palace said in a statement

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.

Prime Minister Liz Truss—who was appointed just two days ago to the position by the Queen—posted a somber tweet on Thursday morning about the situation, saying, “The whole country will be deeply concerned by the news from Buckingham Palace this lunchtime.”  

The Queen’s four children, Charles, Anne, Edward, and Andrew, were reportedly by her side at Balmoral. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William was also on-site. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were already in Europe, and though early reports said both were joining the family at Balmour, Prince Harry’s spokesperson clarified that just Harry was traveling to be with the Royal family. 

Queen Elizabeth has worn the crown for 70 years—the longest of any monarch in British history—and is 96 years old. Any news of her death will be announced by an official post placed on the gates of Buckingham Palace, in much the same way birth announcements are handled by the Royal Family. 

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We join the world in sending our thoughts and prayers to the Royal family and the British people. 

 

 

 

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