Queen Elizabeth II, Britain's longest-reigning monarch, has died at the age of 96.
"The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon," Buckingham Palace announced Thursday afternoon. "The
King and The Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral this evening and will return to London tomorrow."
In keeping with tradition, notice of the Queen's death was displayed on the gates at Buckingham Palace.
The news was announced several hours after the Queen was placed under medical supervision. At the time, the palace announced that Elizabeth was resting comfortably at Balmoral.
It was later reported that her family was traveling to be by her side, sparking concern.
She is survived by her children, including Prince Andrew, Prince Edward, and Princess Anne, and eight grandchildren. She is also survived by 12 great-grandchildren.
Elizabeth's oldest son, Charles, succeeded her as King. He has chosen the name, King Charles III. The King said the loss of his mother "is a moment of the greatest sadness" in his first statement as King.
Prince William is now next in line for the throne.
The Queen was preceded in death by her husband, Prince Philip, who passed away on April 9, 2021. The two were married for more than 70 years.
Elizabeth ascended to the throne in 1952, following the death of her father, King George VI. She ruled over the United Kingdom, along with 14 other commonwealths.
Queen Elizabeth celebrated her Platinum Jubilee in June of this year, after 70 years on the throne.