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Queen Elizabeth II dies at age 96

Queen Elizabeth II, queen of the United Kingdom has passed on.

After 70 years as queen, she passed away on September 8, 2022, at the age of 96, at Balmoral Castle in Scotland.

The Queen was under medical observation in Balmoral earlier in the day, according to statement released by Buckingham Palace after doctors expressed concern for her wellbeing.

The Queen stays at Balmoral and is “comfortable,” according to statement that also stated that “the Queen’s doctors are concerned about Her Majesty’s health and have recommended she remain under medical supervision.”

The decision, according to the BBC, comes after the 96-year-old Queen resigned from the Privy Council on Wednesday after receiving medical advice to rest.

She was seen standing up and grinning when she named the new prime minister on Tuesday, according to the news source.

The Queen chose to hold the ceremony at Balmoral rather than flying to London to anoint Ms. Truss as prime minister.

The Queen has frequently met with her new prime minister at Buckingham Palace during her 70-year reign.

Elizabeth Alexandra Mary was born on April 21, 1926, in Mayfair, London.

She was the Duke and Duchess of York’s first child (later King George VI and Queen Elizabeth).

Elizabeth was the presumed heir when her father assumed the throne in 1936 following the abdication of his brother, King Edward VIII.

The British monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, examines a collection of artifacts from her Golden and Platinum Jubilees on February 4 in the Oak Room at Windsor Castle in Windsor, England. The United Kingdom has been navigating an era of uncertainty during Queen Elizabeth II’s extraordinary 70 years on the throne, a reign that has elevated her to the status of a beacon of stability. AP-Yonhap

The British monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, examines a collection of artifacts from her Golden and Platinum Jubilees on February 4 in the Oak Room at Windsor Castle in Windsor, England. The United Kingdom has been navigating an era of uncertainty during Queen Elizabeth II’s extraordinary 70 years on the throne, a reign that has elevated her to the status of a beacon of stability. AP-Yonhap

She received a private home education before starting to serve in the Auxiliary Territorial Service during the Second World War.

She wed former Greek and Danish royal Philip Mountbatten in November 1947; their union lasted 73 years, until he passed away in April 2021.

Charles, Prince of Wales, Anne, Princess Royal, Prince Andrew, Duke of York, and Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex are their four children.

At the age of 25, Elizabeth succeeded her father as monarch regnant of seven sovereign Commonwealth nations, including the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Pakistan, and Ceylon (now known as Sri Lanka).

Through significant political transitions including the Troubles in Northern Ireland, devolution in the UK, the decolonization of Africa, and the UK’s membership in the European Communities and exit from the European Union, Elizabeth has ruled as a constitutional monarch.

Her realms have changed in number over time as various lands have attained independence and some realms have turned into republics. She has attended or met with five popes in addition to state visits to China in 1986, Russia in 1994, and the Republic of Ireland in 2011.

Elizabeth was crowned in 1953, and her silver, golden, diamond, and platinum jubilees were commemorated in 1977, 2002, 2012, and 2022, respectively.

Elizabeth II is the oldest and longest-serving head of state currently in office, the longest-reigning sovereign monarch in recorded history, and the longest-living British monarch.

She has occasionally been the target of republican sentiment and criticism of her family in the media, particularly following the dissolution of the marriages of her children, her “annus horribilis” in 1992, and the passing of her ex-daughter-in-law Diana, Princess of Wales, in 1997. However, both her popularity and support for the monarchy in the UK continue to be quite strong.

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