Queen Elizabeth II, the UK’s longest-reigning monarch, died Thursday at Balmoral after 70 years on the throne. She pass on at the age of 96 years.

The Queen ascended to the throne in 1952 and witnessed enormous social change.

A statement by Buckingham Palace on Sept. 8 said: “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.”

Following her demise, Prince Charles, her eldest son and the former Prince of Wales, will lead the country in mourning as the new King.

BBC reports that the monarch’s family gathered at her Scottish estate on Thursday, September 8th after concerns grew about her health.

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Doctors had earlier placed the Queen under medical supervision and, in that time, all her children travelled to Balmoral, near Aberdeen.

Queen Elizabeth II tenure as head of state traverses post-war austerity, the transition from empire to Commonwealth, the end of the Cold War and the UK’s entry into – and withdrawal from – the European Union.

Her reign spanned 15 prime ministers starting with Winston Churchill, born in 1874, and including Liz Truss, who was appointed by the Queen earlier this week.

The Queen was born Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor, in Mayfair, London, on 21 April 1926.

King George VI was her father and, at age 10, Elizabeth who was fondly known as Lilibet in the family, became heir to the throne.

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