Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II has passed away at the age of 96, the Buckingham Palace has stated.
The queen, aged 96, “died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon”, the Buckingham Palace said. The statement added that the “King and Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral this evening and will return to London tomorrow”.
Queen Elizabeth’s eldest son, Charles, aged 73, now becomes the king of the United Kingdom and head of state of 14 other realms including Canada and Australia.
Earlier, the family had gathered at the Queen’s Scottish home at Balmoral Castle, after her health had become “worrisome”.
Doctors had expressed “extreme worry” about the health of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth and recommended that she be kept under medical supervision.
On Thursday, Buckingham Palace issued a statement, after the 96-year-old monarch postponed a meeting of her Privy Council and was urged to rest.
The royal family’s official Twitter account also shared a statement regarding the Queen’s health.
A statement from Buckingham Palace:https://t.co/2x2oD289nL
— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) September 8, 2022
According to the palace, the queen remained in Scotland’s Balmoral Castle, where she was “comfortable”.
Newly elected Prime Minister Liz Truss said “the whole country will be deeply concerned by the news from Buckingham Palace this lunchtime”.
PM Liz Truss took Twitter to express her feelings.
The whole country will be deeply concerned by the news from Buckingham Palace this lunchtime.
My thoughts – and the thoughts of people across our United Kingdom – are with Her Majesty The Queen and her family at this time.
— Liz Truss (@trussliz) September 8, 2022