Queen Elizabeth II, British Longest Reigning Monarch, Dies At 96

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Queen Elizabeth II, the longest-serving monarch in British history and an icon instantly recognizable to billions of people around the world has died aged 96, according to Buckingham Palace.

This is coming a few hours after the palace said in a statement that doctors placed her on medical supervision due to concerns over her health.

The death was announced via a statement released by Buckingham Palace.

The statement 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.”

Her eldest son, Prince Charles, 73, succeeds as king immediately, according to centuries of protocol, beginning a new, less certain chapter for the royal family after the queen’s record-breaking 70-year reign.

Details soon…