The UK's longest-serving monarch has died at Balmoral aged 96
Queen Elizabeth II has died, Buckingham Palace has confirmed in a statement. Her Majesty died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon. The statement said: “The King and The Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral this evening and will return to London tomorrow.”
Her Majesty died at the age of 96 at Balmoral, her beloved Scottish estate. She served as Queen for 70 years, longer than any other British monarch in history, and celebrations to mark her Platinum Jubilee took place in June. Plans for her funeral at Westminster Abbey will be revealed in due course, with the Archbishop of Canterbury overseeing the service. The Queen’s coffin will lie in state at Westminster Hall, the oldest building in Parliament, for several days, before being transferred to its final resting place in the King George VI Memorial Chapel in Windsor Castle, beside her husband of 70 years. The Duke of Edinburgh passed away on 9 April 2021 at the age of 99 following a brief illness.
Buckingham Palace issued a statement on 8 September announcing that the Queen was under medical supervision due to her doctors’ concerns for her health. Soon after, family members including Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex – who had been due to attend the WellChild Awards in London – travelled to Scotland to be at her side.
The Queen is survived by a large extended family, including her four children, eight grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Her first-born son, Prince Charles, will meet with the Accession Council at St James’s Palace to be formally proclaimed King in due course. He will then begin a tour of the United Kingdom, receiving motions of condolence in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales. Further details for his formal coronation at Westminster Abbey will be announced in the coming weeks, after a period of national mourning.