Queen Elizabeth II, the longest-reigning monarch in British history and Canada’s head of state, has died.

The Queen, 96, died on Thursday in her Scottish residence, Balmoral Castle, alongside several members of the Royal Family, including Charles who is next in line to ascend to the throne. The Royal Family made the announcement in a Twitter post Thursday.

“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 post reads.


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Queen Elizabeth under medical supervision with doctors concerned about her health

News of her death came after Buckingham Palace officials took the rare step of issuing a public comment on her health, saying that doctors had recommended for her to remain under medical supervision as they were concerned for her health.

She has experienced “episodic mobility problems” since the end of last year.

Queen Elizabeth II waves to the crowd during the Platinum Jubilee Pageant at the Buckingham Palace in London, on June 5 on the last of four days of celebrations to mark the Platinum Jubilee.
Queen Elizabeth II waves to the crowd during the Platinum Jubilee Pageant at the Buckingham Palace in London, on June 5 on the last of four days of celebrations to mark the Platinum Jubilee.
— Frank Augstein, Pool/AP

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