Queen Elizabeth II, UK’s longest-serving monarch, has died at Balmoral aged 96, subsequent to ruling for 70 years.
Her family gathered at her Scottish bequest after worries grew about her wellbeing earlier on Thursday September 8.
The Queen was enthroned in 1952 and saw huge social change during her reign.
With her passing, her oldest son Charles, the previous Prince of Wales, will lead the nation in grieving as the new King and head of state for 14 Commonwealth realms.
In a statement, Buckingham Palace said:
“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.”
Every one of the Queen’s children made a trip to Balmoral, close to Aberdeen, after doctors put the Queen under clinical watch.
The Queen’s grandson, Prince William, was there, with his sibling, Prince Harry.
Queen Elizabeth II’s tenure as head of state spanned post-war austerity, the transition from empire to Commonwealth, the end of the Cold War and the UK’s entry into – and withdrawal from – the European Union.
Her rule traversed 15 top state leaders beginning with Winston Churchill, born in 1874, and including Liz Truss, born 101 years later in 1975, and selected by the Queen earlier this week.
She held weekly audiences with her prime minister throughout her reign.
The Queen was born Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor, in Mayfair, London, on 21 April 1926.
In December 1936 her uncle, Edward VIII, abdicated from the throne to marry the twice-divorced American, Wallis Simpson.
Elizabeth’s father became King George VI and, at age 10, Lilibet, as she was known in the family, became heir to the throne.
Within three years, Britain was at war with Nazi Germany. Elizabeth and her younger sister, Princess Margaret, spent much of wartime at Windsor Castle after their parents rejected suggestions they be evacuated to Canada.
After turning 18, Elizabeth spent five months with the Auxiliary Territorial Service and learned basic motor mechanic and driving skills.
Through the war, she exchanged letters with her third cousin, Philip, Prince of Greece, who was serving in the Royal Navy. Their romance blossomed and couple married at Westminster Abbey on 20 November 1947, with the prince taking the title of Duke of Edinburgh.
She would later describe him as “my strength and stay” through 74 years of marriage, before his death in 2021, aged 99.
Meanwhile, before her death, a crowd gathered at the Buckingham Palace in London, awaiting updates on the Queen’s condition. However, when news broke of her passing, they began crying. The Union flag on top of the palace was lowered to half-mast at 18:30 BST.
Meanwhile, Queen Elizabeth II was honoured when she passed away during the UEFA Europa League group A match between FC Zurich and Arsenal FC at Kybunpark on September 8, 2022 in St Gallen, Switzerland.