Queen Elizabeth II has died Buckingham Palace announced. She was 96. “The Queen died died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon,” the royal family said in a statement. “The King and The Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral this evening and will return to London tomorrow.”
She was the longest reigning monarch in British history. “After a full day yesterday, Her Majesty has this afternoon accepted doctors’ advice to rest,” the palace said earlier. “This means that the Privy Council meeting that had been due to take place this evening will be rearranged. The Queen remains comfortable and at Balmoral Castle.
Prime Minister Liz Truss said: “The whole country will be deeply concerned by the news from Buckingham Palace this lunchtime. My thoughts – and the thoughts of people across our United Kingdom – are with Her Majesty The Queen and her family at this time.”
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, said: “My prayers, and the prayers of people across the Church of England and the nation, are with Her Majesty The Queen today.
“May God’s presence strengthen and comfort Her Majesty, her family, and those who are caring for her at Balmoral.”
According to CNN, “Immediate family members of the monarch, who is 96, have been informed of the concern for her health.
Her son Prince Charles, along with Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall and the Queen’s grandson Prince William, have traveled to Balmoral.
Having reigned for more than 70 years and through the premierships of 15 British prime ministers — starting with Winston Churchill’s second term — she was the longest-serving British monarch and, until her death, the longest-serving head of state on the planet.
Due to the stunning longevity of Elizabeth’s reign, only a minority of people alive can vividly remember life as it was before her 1952 ascension. For decades, she endured as a steady presence — whether in ceremonial pageantry or Christmas Day speeches, seen waving from carriages or in profile on the back of currency — as the world around her changed in dizzying ways.
From The Daily Mail:
The Queen is under medical supervision after doctors became concerned for her health this morning, Buckingham Palace revealed today, as the Prince of Wales, Camilla and the Duke of Cambridge to be with the 96-year-old monarch.
Her Majesty’s immediate family members have been informed about the downturn, her spokesman said, leading to her two heirs – Charles and William – going to her bedside amid escalating fears for the monarch’s wellbeing.
Prince Andrew, Princess Anne and Prince Edward are all expected in Scotland with one of the Royal Family’s helicopters landing in the grounds of Her Majesty’s Scottish home this morning.
A royal spokesman 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 Queen remains comfortable and at Balmoral.’
A statement about the Queen’s health is exceptionally rare and suggests the situation is very serious. One insider said: ‘This is deeply worrying. The Palace don’t normally do this’.