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Buckingham Palace has announced the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

Buckingham has announced not long ago that Queen Elizabeth II, the United Kingdom’s longest-reigning monarch, died at the age of 96 at Balmoral, after reigning for 70 years. 

Her family gathered at her Scottish estate after health concerns arose earlier in the day. 

Since her accession to the throne in 1952, the Queen has witnessed enormous social change.

When the palace summoned all of Elizabeth’s children to her side, it was clear that the situation was dire. 

As it turns out, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were in the UK for events this week. Harry went to Balmoral. 

Her eldest son Charles, the former Prince of Wales, will lead the country in mourning as the new King and head of state for 14 Commonwealth realms following her death. 

Prince Charles is the next in line to the throne, according to the royal succession. He would be crowned King, and Camilla would be titled Queen Consort. 

While Charles is widely expected to be the next monarch… There has been speculation that he may abdicate, making his eldest son, Prince William, the new King of England. 

Queen Elizabeth is survived by her four children, eight grandchildren, and even more great grandchildren, not to mention many extended Royal family members from all walks of life. 

She was 96 years old.

Image source: The Associated Press

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