Buckingham Palace announced Thursday evening that Queen Elizabeth II has died. She was 96-years-old.
Queen Elizabeth II was Britain’s longest-ever reigning monarch, serving 70 years on the throne.
Buckingham Palace said in a statement: “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.”
Elizabeth II’s oldest son, Prince Charles, became king immediately.
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