The 96-year-old British monarch Queen Elizabeth II is said to have died today.
She has been the monarch with the longest reign in British history, having reigned as queen since 1952.
On Thursday morning, Buckingham Palace announced that the Queen had been placed under medical care owing to concerns as her family rushed to her side.
A statement announcing her demise reads:
“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.”
Prince Charles, the Queen’s eldest son and heir, will now succeed to the throne as king, with Duchess Camilla most likely acting as his queen consort, according to the British order of succession to the monarchy.
Charles will take the throne as the oldest king ever at 73 years old.
The loss of the Queen, who presided over the British royal family as its most beloved member and functioned as its head, is deeply mourned.
For the longest duration and at the oldest age ever, she presided as the nation’s head of state. She was predeceased by her late husband Prince Philip, who passed away in April 2021 at the age of 99.
Over the years, Queen Elizabeth has been the victim of several death hoaxes, including one that was mistakenly spread over WhatsApp in December 2019. Sadly, the news from today has been confirmed by authorities.