The Royal Family announced that the longest-serving monarch in British history, Queen Elizabeth II, passed away on Thursday afternoon. Buckingham Palace confirmed the news in a statement on Twitter.
The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon. The King and Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral tonight and return to London tomorrow.”
The unfortunate news comes just hours after The Palace announced that the Queen was under medical supervision due to health concerns. Soon after, reports began to emerge citing the Queen’s children and grandchildren, including Prince Charles and his wife, Prince William and Prince Harry, traveling to be by her side.
There were also reports that the BBC changed its website banner from red to black in preparation for his passing.
The BBC has changed its website banner from red to black as the entire UK Royal Family goes to Queen Elizabeth’s bedside. It seems that the inevitable news is preparing #Queen Elizabeth pic.twitter.com/XOYgbKZZgo
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The Queen’s eldest son, Charles, has headed to the country as he is set to reign as the new King following the passing of his mother.
The passing of my beloved mother, Her Majesty the Queen, is a moment of deepest sadness for me and for all the members of my family. We deeply regret the death of a dear Sovereign and a very dear Mother. I know the loss of her will be deeply felt throughout the Country, the Realms and the Commonwealth, and by countless people around the world.”
Queen Elizabeth took her place on the throne at the age of 25 after the sudden passing of her father, King George VI. Since then, she has seen her country through the recovery stages of World War II and oversaw the decolonization of Africa and the Caribbean.
The Queen made her last public appearance just days ago to greet Britain’s new Prime Minister on Tuesday.