UK’s longest-serving monarch, Queen Elizabeth II has passed away at Balmoral aged 96, after reigning for 70 years. Buckingham Palace released an official statement via Twitter. The statement by the Royal family reads, “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.”
Queen’s children already travelled to Balmoral, near Aberdeen, as the doctors previously placed the Queen under medical supervision. Her grandson, Prince William, is also there, with his brother, Prince Harry, on his way. Crowds awaiting for updates on the Queen’s condition outside Buckingham Palace in London soon began crying as they heard of her death. The Union flag on top of the palace was lowered to half-mast at 18:30 BST, according to BBC.
The Queen came to the throne in 1952. However, now her eldest son Charles, the former Prince of Wales, will lead the country in mourning as the new King and head of state for 14 Commonwealth realms. The world was stunned by the news. Several celebrities and political leaders took to their social media to pay tribute to the Queen.