Queen of England, Queen Elizabeth II Dies at 96

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The Queen of England, Queen Elizabeth II has died at the age of 96, Buckingham Palace announced on Thursday.

The palace said in a statement that "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."

Queen Elizabeth II was the longest-reigning monarch in British history after reigning for 70 years.

Her death would pave the way for her eldest son and heir, Charles, to become the next King of the United Kingdom.

King Charles said in a statement that "The death of my beloved mother, her majesty The Queen, is a moment of the greatest sadness for me and all members of my family.

"We mourn profoundly the passing of a cherished Sovereign and a much-loved Mother.

"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."

Nothing is known yet; however, the Queen is expected to be given a full state funeral which is the traditional rite when a monarch passes.

The body will also lie in the state to allow the public to pay tribute.

King Charles will sign off the final plans in the coming days.

The newly sworn-in Prime Minister, Liz Truss, described the Queen as "the rock on which modern Britain was built" in a statement made in Downing Street.

She described the death as "a great loss" to the nation and the world.

The Queen died just days after Ms Truss travelled to Balmoral to be formally sown in as the Prime Minister on Tuesday.

PM Truss appointment was the last political engagement Queen Elizabeth played before her death.

The Prime Minister called Charles "King Charles III", adding that "Today the Crown passes, as it has done to more than a thousand years, to our new monarch, our new head of state, his majesty King Charles III.

She ended her statement by saying, "God save the king."

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