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Queen Elizabeth II, Britain’s longest-reigning monarch, has died at the age of 96.

Queen Elizabeth II, Britain’s longest-reigning monarch, has died at the age of 96.
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The Royal Family confirmed the death of Queen Elizabeth II at the age of 96 on September 8.

“The Queen passed away peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon,” the family stated in a statement posted to the Buckingham Palace website. The sad news comes after Buckingham Palace published a statement earlier in the day admitting worries about the Queen’s health. Her loved ones were assisting her.

In February 2022, Elizabeth was hospitalized after being diagnosed with COVID-19. Elizabeth had experienced a number of health issues in the preceding year, including her hospitalization.

Elizabeth was, according to the BBC, the second-longest reigning Queen in history, having ruled for almost seventy years. The first monarch was King Louis XIV of France, who ruled for 72 years and 110 days. In September 2015, she surpassed her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria’s reign of 63 years and 216 days to become the longest-reigning monarch of the United Kingdom.

In 1952, Elizabeth was just 25 years old when her father, King George VI, died. Elizabeth and Prince Philip, whom she had married in November 1947, were touring Australia and New Zealand with a stop in Kenya when they heard the news that the monarch had died, so proclaiming Elizabeth queen. In June of 1953, Elizabeth was crowned at Westminster Abbey.

During her reign, Elizabeth was Queen of the Commonwealth, which presently consists of 54 countries. Significant anniversaries were commemorated by her Silver, Golden, Diamond, Sapphire, and Platinum Jubilees. Her four surviving children include Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Edward, and Prince Andrew.

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