Queen Elizabeth II, the UK’s longest-serving ruler, passed away in Balmoral at the age of 96. Her reign lastest for 70 years, the longest in the history of the United Kingdom.

After the death of her father George VI, Elizabeth Alexandra Mary became The Queen of the United Kingdom in 1952. During her reign, over a dozen Prime Ministers have served Britain.

After the demise of Queen Elizabeth, her eldest son Prince Charles has now become the King of the United Kingdom.

The King said in a statement: “We mourn profoundly the passing of a cherished Sovereign and a much-loved Mother. I know her loss will be deeply felt throughout the country, the Realms and the Commonwealth, and by countless people around the world.”

In a statement, Buckingham Palace said: “The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon.

Prime Minister Liz Truss, who was appointed by the Queen on Tuesday, said the monarch was the rock on which modern Britain was built, who had “provided us with the stability and strength that we needed”.

Speaking about the new King, she said: “We offer him our loyalty and devotion, just as his mother devoted so much, to so many, for so long.

“And with the passing of the second Elizabethan age, we usher in a new era in the magnificent history of our great country, exactly as Her Majesty would have wished, by saying the words ‘God save the King’.”

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The Queen’s husband, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, passed away in April 2021 at the age of 99. Their marriage lasted for 73 years.

British citizens, world leaders, and fans of the British Monarchy have shown their respect in different statements on media outlets and social media.

#QueenElizabeth and London Bridge were trending on microblogging social media platform Twitter hours before the death was announced publicly by Buckingham Palace.