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Queen Elizabeth II has died

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Queen Elizabeth II has passed away at Balmoral aged 96.

The UK’s longest-serving monarch came to the throne in 1952.

With her death, her eldest son Charles, the former Prince of Wales, will lead the country in mourning as the new King.

The official statement from the palace:

“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’s four children — Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Edward and Prince Andrew — travelled to Balmoral Castle to be by her side.

Her grandson, Prince William, is also there, with his brother, Prince Harry, on his way.

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