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Breaking: Queen Elizabeth II dies at 96

Queen Elizabeth II has died at Balmoral, aged 96.

Buckingham Palace in a statement on Thursday said “The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon.

“The King and the Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral this evening and will return to London tomorrow”, the statement reads

Queen Elizabeth II who reigned for 70 years was UK’s longest-serving monarch,

Earlier on Thursday her family gathered at her Scottish estate after doctors placed her under medical supervision.

The Queen began her rule in 1952.

The BBC reports that her eldest son Charles, the former Prince of Wales, will lead the country in mourning as the new King and head of state for 14 Commonwealth realms.

Writing by Annabel Nwachukwu