Queen Elizabeth II Dead at Age 96, Buckingham Palace Confirms

The longest-reigning British monarch served as queen for over 70 years.
HALIFAX, NS - JUNE 29:  Queen Elizabeth II attends a reception for "A Celebration of Novia Scotia" at the Cunard Centre on June 29, 2010 in Halifax, Canada. The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh are on an eight day tour of Canada starting in Halifax and finishing in Toronto. The trip is to celebrate the centenary of the Canadian Navy and to mark Canada Day. On July 6th, the royal couple will make their way to New York where the Queen will address the UN and visit Ground Zero.  (Photo by Chris Jackson-Pool/Getty Images)
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Queen Elizabeth II is dead at age 96 after serving the United Kingdom and Commonwealth as Sovereign for 70 years.

The British monarch and Head of State was placed under medical supervision starting September 8, Buckingham Palace confirmed.

“Following further evaluation this morning, the Queen’s doctors are concerned for Her Majesty’s health and have recommended that she remain under medical supervision,” the palace said in a statement. The Queen was not hospitalized at the time and remained at her Scottish Highlands estate, Balmoral Castle.

The queen reportedly looked “frail” after meeting with incoming British Prime Minister Liz Truss on September 5. Truss took to Twitter to share her concern over the queen’s health following their meeting.

“The whole country will be deeply concerned by the news from Buckingham Palace this lunchtime,” Truss tweeted. “My thoughts — and the thoughts of people across our United Kingdom — are with Her Majesty The Queen and her family at this time.”

The Archbishop of Canterbury added, “My prayers, and the prayers of people across the @churchofengland and the nation, are with Her Majesty The Queen today.

“May God’s presence strengthen and comfort Her Majesty, her family, and those who are caring for her at Balmoral.”

The queen’s children, the Prince of Wales, the Princess Royal, the Duke of York, and the Earl of Wessex, all traveled to be by her side in her final days. Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, also joined the queen in Balmoral from his Windsor home.

The news of the queen’s health came on the heels of the announcement that she would not preside over a scheduled Privy Council meeting.

“After a full day yesterday, Her Majesty has this afternoon accepted doctors’ advice to rest,” the palace stated on September 7. “This means that the Privy Council meeting that had been due to take place this evening will be rearranged.”

Queen Elizabeth II experienced mobility issues since October 2021 and began using a cane. Her final public outing was in July 2022 when she opened the new Thames Hospice building with daughter Princess Anne.

Queen Elizabeth II is the second-longest reigning monarch in world history. The descendent of Queen Victoria took the throne February 6, 1952, and is only bested by French King Louis XIV, who served as king for more than 72 years after taking the throne at age four and dying in 1715.

The United Kingdom celebrated the queen’s Platinum Jubilee in June 2022 to mark her 70th year on the throne. The four-day extravaganza featured a concert Buckingham Palace with Diana Ross, Queen + Adam Lambert, Alicia Keys, and Duran Duran performing.

Born in 1926, Princess Elizabeth became queen on the death of her father, King George VI, in 1952. She married Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, in 1947 and the couple had four children: Charles, Anne, Andrew, and Edward.

The queen’s husband the Duke of Edinburgh died last year. The queen is survived by her four children: Charles, Prince of Wales and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall; Anne, Princess Royal and her husband, Vice-Admiral Timothy Laurence; Andrew, Duke of York; and Edward, Earl of Wessex and his wife Sophie, Countess of Wessex. The queen has 14 grandchildren, including Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex. She is also survived by 12 great-grandchildren.

The direct line of succession to the throne includes Prince Charles now serving as king with Camilla as queen. His coronation date is yet to be determined. Prince William will now be Charles’ successor, followed by his son, Prince George of Cambridge.

The British royal family was famously portrayed in Netflix’s Emmy-winning drama series “The Crown,” with Claire Foy, Olivia Colman, and Imelda Staunton playing Queen Elizabeth II. The life and death of Princess Diana, as well as the romance of Prince William and Kate Middleton, are set to be included onscreen.

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