Queen Elizabeth, the UK’s longest-serving monarch, passed away “peacefully” on Thursday afternoon at the age of 96.

In a statement following the Queen’s passing, Buckingham Palace said, “The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon. The King and Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral this evening and will return to London tomorrow.”

Earlier in the day, members of the royal family rushed to Balmoral Castle in the Scottish Highlands to be by the side of the Queen as doctors expressed serious concerns about her health and placed her on medical supervision.

Shortly before the passing of the Queen, it was reported that Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex and wife of Prince Harry, did not join the rest of the family at Balmoral Castle to pay her respects.

Balmoral Castle in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, where Queen Elizabeth II spent her final moments

Since the end of last year, Queen Elizabeth has been suffering from “episodic mobility problems” that have kept her away from almost all public engagements. In February, she caught COVID-19, which reportedly left her exhausted.


The Queen, who began her reign in 1952, celebrated her Platinum Jubilee this year, which marked 70 years of service to the people of the United Kingdom.

Queen Elizabeth II’s last public appearance was on Tuesday, where she happily greeted Liz Truss, Britain’s new prime minister.

She is survived by four children, including heir-to-the-throne Prince Charles, who is 73, as well as eight grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

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