Queen Elizabeth

Queen Elizabeth II dies aged 96 – latest updates – what next?

Queen Elizabeth

Queen Elizabeth II, Britain’s longest-reigning monarch and head of state for 70 years, has died at the age of 96.

Queen Elizabeth passed away peacefully at Balmoral Castle.

Her loved ones, including Prince Charles and grandson Prince William, had travelled to Scotland to be by her side after doctors expressed fresh concern for her health on Thursday. In a statement, the Palace 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.”

A short time before the announcement, family members were pictured arriving at Balmoral. Prince William, Prince Andrew, Prince Edward and Sophie Wessex were seen driving into the estate. The Duchess of Cambridge remained in London to care for her three children with William.

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The announcement was also officially posted to the railings outside Buckingham Palace by aides dressed in black, while the Union flag was lowered to half-mast. Elizabeth was just 25 when she became Queen following the death of her father. She celebrated her Platinum Jubilee earlier this year.

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  • Prince William has become the Duke of Cornwall automatically upon the Queen’s death. The title Prince of Wales is reserved for the heir, but not automatic.
  • The title Prince of Wales is reserved for the heir but is not automatic. Charles was not given the title until age 9, years into Queen’s reign.

  • William & Kate are now TRH The Duke of Cornwall & Cambridge Camb Kids – TRH The Prince/ss x of Cornwall (or of Cornwall & Cambridge). Harry & Meghan have no title change. Technically, they are TRH The Duke & Duchess of Sussex. But have agreed not to use their HRH. The Sussex Kids as children of a son of the sovereign are now technically HRH Prince/ss x of Sussex. But we will see if their parents want them titled as such.

As tributes start to pour in from world leaders, a stunned nation begins to take in the news. Hundreds of mourners have already started to gather and lay flowers outside Buckingham Palace, honouring the memory of a beloved Queen whose unwavering duty and devotion to her country had seen her still at work up until her death.

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A statement is expected to be released imminently by her eldest son, Prince Charles, heir to the throne. Today will mark the start of ten days of national mourning, while the royal households will observe 30 days.

The sad news comes 517 days after the death of the Queen’s beloved late husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, who passed away at the age of 99 in April 2021.

The pair were married for over 73 years and shared four children, Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward. Her Majesty also leaves behind eight grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. RIP my Queen. 

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