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Queen Elizabeth II has died aged 96, Buckingham Palace announces

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The Queen has died aged 96, Buckingham Palace has announced. The Queen’s death ends the longest reign in British history. She was also the world’s oldest head of state

The world is mourning the loss of Queen Elizabeth II, the second-longest reigning monarch in history. Buckingham Palace confirmed Her Majesty passed away at the age of 96 on Thursday, September 8th. Because the Queen had struggled with health issues for several years, fans were excited to see the monarch in good spirits as she celebrated her Platinum Jubilee in June.

“The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon,” the Royal Family announced on their Twitter. “The King and The Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral this evening and will return to London tomorrow.”

After 70 years on the throne, it’s hard to imagine a world where Queen Elizabeth is no longer with us. Members of the Royal Family, as well as celebrities from both the UK and the US, took to social media to express their grief and share memories they have of the historic woman. Many of these celebrities have met the Queen at events like the televised Royal Variety Performance or have even received knighthood or damehood by Her Majesty for their contributions to the arts.

Keep scrolling to see their reactions to the shocking news.

English broadcaster and TV personality Piers Morgan was one of the first to publicly comment after the Royal Family confirmed the Queen’s death as well as Sir Elton JohnOzzy Osbourne, as well as American musicians and actors like Country star Marren Morris and Jennifer Garner.

A life of service

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

At the time, no one expected her to be Queen as she was third in line to the throne behind her uncle and father.

During her record-breaking reign, she dedicated her life to serving her country and Commonwealth.

In a radio address in 1947 on her 21st birthday, she said: “I declare before you all that my whole life, whether it be long or short, shall be devoted to your service and the service of our great imperial family to which we all belong.”

Princess Elizabeth became Queen in 1952 at the age of 25, when her father, King George VI, died.

Her coronation took place 16 months later at Westminster Abbey.

The Queen held a number of other titles, which will now automatically pass to her son and heir.

She was head of the Commonwealth, commander-in-chief of the British Armed Forces, and supreme governor of the Church of England. She was also patron of more than 600 charities and organisations.

Wife, mother, grandmother

Away from her official duties, she was a devoted wife and mother to four children, and dedicated grandmother to eight grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

In 1947, she married her wartime sweetheart Prince Philip at Westminster Abbey, with a relatively simple ceremony as the country was still recovering from the war.

King George VI wrote to her about his feelings about giving her away: “I was so proud of you and thrilled at having you so close to me on our long walk in Westminster Abbey, but when I handed your hand to the Archbishop I felt that I had lost something very precious.”

The Queen gave birth to Prince Charles in 1948 and to Princess Anne two years later. Prince Andrew and Prince Edward – who were born in 1960 and 1964 respectively – were the first children to be born to a reigning monarch since Queen Victoria had her family.

Until his death in 2021, the Duke of Edinburgh, “her beloved husband”, was always by the Queen’s side.

She described the Duke as her “constant strength and stay” and in 2017 the couple celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary, the only royal couple to ever reach their platinum anniversary.

A record-breaking reign

The Queen’s reign saw 15 different prime ministers, from Sir Winston Churchill to Liz Truss.

She was more widely travelled than any other international leader and the world’s oldest head of state, always using her own distinctive form of quiet diplomacy to represent the United Kingdom around the world.

In 2015, she also became the longest-serving British monarch in history, passing the record set by her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria.

As head of state and head of nation, Queen Elizabeth II was widely regarded as a symbol of stability, working tirelessly to make sure the monarchy remained relevant during a period of immense social, technological, and economic change.

She was a monarch without equal who will now be mourned across the globe.

What happens now

Upon the Queen’s death, Prince Charles has immediately become the new monarch.

A period of national mourning has begun and is set to last until the funeral, which is expected to take place in 10 days’ time.

Her body will be moved to Buckingham Palace, where it will likely remain for five days.

The government is not expected to announce any other business, unless urgent, to allow focus to fall completely on the Queen.

Major sporting events, including football and cricket matches, could now be postponed as a mark of respect.

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