Queen Elizabeth II has died at the age of 96.
Buckingham Palace confirmed the news in a statement released on Thursday: “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.”
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. pic.twitter.com/VfxpXro22W
— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) September 8, 2022
The news comes after a difficult year in terms of health for the Queen as she had contracted COVID-19 and cancelled various engagements. Her health had reportedly continued to deteriorate as she reportedly struggled with “episodic mobility problems,” which forced her to utilise a walking stick, reports News24.
According to BBC News, the next 10 days will see Britain grind to a halt as various businesses close their doors to honour an amazing monarch with the Queen being honoured in a series of processions.
Queen Elizabeth is Britain’s longest-serving monarch and has reigned for 70 years. The crown has now been passed on to her eldest son, Prince Charles, who is now the King of England with immediate effect.
Buckingham has since released a statement from Charles which pays tribute to his “beloved Mother, Her Majesty The Queen.”
“I know her loss will be deeply felt throughout the country, the Realms and the Commonwealth, and by countless people around the world.”
“During this period of mourning and change, my family and I will be comforted and sustained by our knowledge of the respect and deep affection in which The Queen was so widely held,” the statement reads.
The moment comes as a watershed moment for the world and one many will feel as a unified sense of loss.