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[BREAKING] Britain's Queen Elizabeth II Dies Peacefully At Scottish Home Aged 96

Her eldest son Charles, 73, automatically becomes king of the United Kingdom and the head of state of 14 other realms.

Cover image via Eddie Mulholland/Reuters

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Queen Elizabeth II, Britain's longest-reigning monarch and the nation's figurehead for seven decades, has died aged 96, Buckingham Palace said on Thursday, 8 September

"The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon," Buckingham Palace said in a statement.

"The King and The Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral this evening and will return to London tomorrow."

People shelter under their umbrellas as they gather outside Buckingham Palace, following a statement from the Palace over concerns for Britain's Queen Elizabeth's health, in London, UK.

Image via Reuters

Her eldest son Charles, 73, automatically becomes king of the United Kingdom and the head of state of 14 other realms including Australia, Canada, and New Zealand

Her family had rushed to be by her side at her Scottish home, Balmoral Castle, after doctors expressed concern about her health.

Britain's Prince William drives Prince Edward and Prince Andrew outside Balmoral Castle, amid concerns over Britain's Queen Elizabeth's health, in Balmoral, Scotland, on 8 September 2022.

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She had been suffering from what Buckingham Palace has called "episodic mobility problems" since the end of last year, forcing her to withdraw from nearly all her public engagements.

Queen Elizabeth II, who was also the world's oldest and longest-serving head of state, came to the throne following the death of her father King George VI on 6 February 1952, when she was just 25.

She was crowned in June the following year.

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