Queen Elizabeth II, who has sat on the throne for 70 years, passed away this afternoon. According to a statement by Buckingham Palace, the Queen “died peacefully” at the age of 96.
Earlier in the day, the palace announced that Queen Elizabeth’s health was of concern to doctors and she has been under “medical supervision” at Balmoral Castle, the British royal family’s estate in Aberdeenshire, Scotland where she happened to be vacationing this summer.
Queen Elizabeth, who most of us have known about our entire lives, was Britain’s longest reigning monarch who ascended to the throne in 1952. Just months ago, Elizabeth celebrated her Platinum Jubilee which marked 70 years as queen.
Following the loss of the Queen, her eldest son, Charles III, Prince of Wales, 73, will take his mother’s place on the British throne as king. His wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, will become known as queen consort.
According to abcnews.com, President Joe Biden has ordered flags to be flown at half-staff until sunset on the day of interment as a symbol of respect for Queen Elizabeth II.
By Jay Bryant