Queen Elizabeth II, the UK’s longest reigning monarch and royal icon has died.
Following a series of bouts with her health, the Queen, who has reigned over 70 years was advised by doctors to remain under medical supervision on 8 September, which led her to the comfort of her beloved summer home in Scotland at Balmoral Castle.
Various royal family members ventured to her side for what would be her final hours.
The Queen had been battling with her health for just under a year in what Buckingham Palace dubbed “episodic mobility problems.” Naturally, Buckingham Palace did not reveal the details or severity of the Queen’s condition to preserve her privacy.
A statement by Buckingham Palace has since revealed that the Queen died this afternoon.
“The King and The Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral this evening and will return to London tomorrow” it added.
The Queen passed away at 96 years old on what is known as D-Day. Reports share that outside Buckingham Palace, crowds were filled with tears upon hearing that the Queen had passed away.
Queen will be honoured in a series of processions. Operation Union had already been planned before her death, set to see 10 days of activity from the time of her passing to her funeral, per Elle.
Prince Charles is now the King of England with immediate effect.
The moment comes as a watershed moment for the world, and one many will feel as a unified sense of loss.
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