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Queen Elizabeth II Dies At 96

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Queen Elizabeth II

Queen Elizabeth II, whose seven decades on the throne of the United Kingdom was a longer reign than any other British monarch, has died at the age of 96.

“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 royal family said in a statement.

The 96-year-old monarch, who was on her traditional summer retreat at Balmoral in the Scottish Highlands, had been placed under medical supervision earlier Thursday, officials said.

“Following further evaluation this morning, The Queen’s doctors are concerned for Her Majesty’s health and have recommended she remain under medical supervision,” the palace had said in a statement.

Queen Elizabeth acceded to the throne on Feb. 6, 1952. Over her 70-year-long reign, she oversaw an extraordinary period of British history, including decolonization and the independence of more than 20 countries that were once a part of the British Empire.

Her oldest son, Prince Charles, 73, is now Britain’s king.