The Buckingham Palace has declared that Queen Elizabeth II passed away at the age of 96. On the evening of September 8, 2022, the Palace released the following statement:
“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 Queen was under medical monitoring due to her doctors’ fears about her health, according to a statement the Palace had released earlier in the day. The Duke of Cambridge and the Duke of Sussex, along with her four children, made their way to Scotland shortly after to join the rest of her family at the Highland estate.
Celebrations to mark Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee took place in June. She was the longest-reigning British monarch in history, having held the throne for 70 years. Plans for her funeral at Westminster Abbey will be made public when the time is right, and the Archbishop of Canterbury will preside over the ceremony. Before being moved to the King George VI Memorial Chapel in Windsor Castle, where the Queen will be laid to rest alongside her husband of 70 years, the casket will lay in state at Westminster Hall, the oldest structure in Parliament, for a number of days. After a brief illness, the 99-year-old Duke of Edinburgh passed away on April 9, 2021.
With her four daughters, eight grandchildren, and twelve great-grandchildren, the Queen is survived by a sizable extended family. Prince Charles, now King Charles III, her first-born child, will meet with the Accession Council at St. James’s Palace to be formally crowned King in due time. Then he will start touring the UK, accepting condolences in Scotland, Northern Ireland, and Wales. After a period of national sorrow, more information about his formal coronation at Westminster Abbey will be revealed in the upcoming weeks.