Queen Elizabeth II dies aged 96
Queen Elizabeth, the longest-reigning British monarch in history, has died. She was 96 years old.
Queen Elizabeth, the longest-reigning British monarch in history, has died. She was 96 years old. The news comes just hours after Buckingham Palace shared that the Queen's doctors were concerned for her health, and just a few days after meeting with her 15th prime minister, Liz Truss. All of the Queen's children traveled to be with her at Balmoral in her final moments, as did Prince William, Prince Harry, Sophie, Countess of Wessex, and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.
"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," reads a statement from Buckingham Palace.
As monarch, the Queen will be given a state funeral, which is expected to take place 12 days after her death. Specific details about the ceremony, which would have been planned for decades, have yet to be formally announced, but we will update this post as soon as more information has been shared.
Upon his mother's death, Prince Charles immediately became king, but there is no specific schedule in place for his coronation. Notably, there was a 16-month gap between the Queen's coronation in 1953 and the death of her father, King George VI. Prince Charles will also succeed his mother as head of the Commonwealth, a decision confirmed by Commonwealth leaders in April of 2018.
"I am deeply touched and honoured by the decision of Commonwealth Heads of State and Government that I should succeed The Queen, in due course, as Head of the Commonwealth," Prince Charles said in a statement at the time.