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Queen Elizabeth II, Britain's Longest-Serving Monarch, Has Passed Away at 96

Queen Elizabeth II was the only British Monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee following her accession to the throne in 1952.
Queen Elizabeth II, Britain's Longest-Serving Monarch, Has Passed Away at 96
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Queen Elizabeth II was the only British Monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee following her accession to the throne in 1952.

Queen Elizabeth II has died. The Royal Family has released a statement on its official Facebook page. 

"The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon," the statement read.  "The King and The Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral this evening and will return to London tomorrow."

 

Elizabeth was Britain's longest-serving monarch, coming to the throne at the age of 16 after the death of her father on February 6, 1952. 

Elizabeth was known for being a "beacon of stability," steering the monarchy through countless crises in the 70 years she reigned as Queen. 

In the history of the Crown, Elizabeth was the only British Monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee following her accession to the throne in 1952.  

She was the most traveled British monarch and most hardworking, appearing in thousands of ceremonies, awards, and charitable events across her Commonwealth and her Kingdom. 

In 1947, Queen Elizabeth II married Prince Philip and had four children: Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew, and Prince Edward.

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Prince Charles is now king in the wake of the queen’s death—his coronation is not immediate but will be held months later, in accordance with Operation Unicorn.

On Instagram, His Majesty The King has also released a statement. It reads, "The death of my beloved Mother, Her Majesty The Queen, is a moment of the greatest sadness for me and all members of my family.

"We mourn profoundly the passing of a cherished Sovereign and a much-loved Mother. I know her loss will be deeply felt throughout the country, the Realms and the Commonwealth, and by countless people around the world.

During this period of mourning and change, my family and I will be comforted and sustained by our knowledge of the respect and deep affection in which The Queen was so widely held."

This story originally appeared on Esquiremag.phMinor edits have been made by the Preview.ph editors.

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