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BREAKING: Queen Elizabeth II dead after 70-year reign

The Queen, who celebrated her Platinum Jubilee this year marking 70 years as the United Kingdom’s monarch, passed surrounded by family in her Scottish estate Balmoral.

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On Thursday, Queen Elizabeth II was pronounced dead at the age of 96.

The Queen, who celebrated her Platinum Jubilee this year marking 70 years as the United Kingdom’s monarch, passed surrounded by family in her Scottish estate Balmoral.

The Royal Family's official Twitter account confirmed the Queen's death, stating that the new King and Queen Consort will stay at Balmoral for the evening, and will return to London tomorrow.

Public concerns regarding the Queen’s health were raised on Thursday after Buckingham Palace released a statement saying that "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 statement added that the Queen "remains comfortable and at Balmoral."

The announcement from Buckingham Palace came after the Queen pulled out of a meeting with her Privy Council on Wednesday, with doctors strongly recommending that she rest.

As explained by The Washington Post, 73-year-old Charles, Prince of Wales, is set to take the Queen’s place as King of the United Kingdom, a title not seen since the death of Queen Elizabeth’s father, King George VI.

Next in line to the throne is Prince William, son of Prince Charles and Princess Diana, who tragically passed in a car accident in 1997.

As news of the Queen’s ill health spread, family members traveled to be by her side at Balmoral, including Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Harry, who traveled solo with his wife, Meghan Markle, not joining him despite the two being in the country at the moment, and Prince William, who will be traveling solo as his wife, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, remains home with their three children.

The Queen is previously deceased by her long time husband, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, who passed away in 2021 at the age of 99. The two married in 1947, with the Queen ascending to the throne in 1952.

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