Buckingham Palace said on Thursday that Queen Elizabeth, Britain’s longest-reigning monarch and the nation’s icon for seven decades, has passed away at the age of 96.
According to a statement released by Buckingham Palace, “The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon.”
The King and Queen Consort will spend another night in Balmoral tonight before flying back to London tomorrow.
Her eldest son Charles, who is 73 years old, is the heir apparent to the thrones of the United Kingdom and 14 other kingdoms, including Australia, Canada, and New Zealand.
After doctors voiced concerns, her family rushed to Balmoral Castle in Scotland to be by her side. Since the end of last year, she has been experiencing what Buckingham Palace has termed “episodic mobility issues,” causing her to cancel practically all public appearances.
Queen Elizabeth II, the oldest and longest-reigning monarch in the world, ascended the throne upon the passing of her father, King George VI, on February 6, 1952. She was just 25 years old at the time.
In June of the following year, she was crowned.