Queen Elizabeth II, the longest-serving British monarch, has passed on. The news of the death of Britain's Beacon of Stability has been confirmed by Buckingham Palace. Her royal majesty died at the age of 96.
According to reports, doctors attached to the royal palace had placed the Queen under medical supervision earlier today due to what they described as a failing health condition. She was placed under close medical supervision at the Balmoral Castle, her estate in the Scottish Highlands.
The newly elected Prime Minister of Britain, Liz Truss, who was recently appointed to take over from Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson, is expected to speak soon.
An official statement released by Buckingham Palace read: "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."
Reports claim that all the Queen's children and some of her grandchildren had traveled to Balmoral, near Aberdeen, earlier today after it was confirmed that the royal doctors had placed the Queen under medical supervision.
At the time of filing this report, her grandson, Prince William, was already present at the Balmoral Castle, and reports indicate that his brother, Prince Harry, was already on his way.
Before her death, Elizabeth II was the Queen of the United Kingdom and 14 other Commonwealth realms. Elizabeth was born in Mayfair, London, as the first child of the Duke and Duchess of York. Her father acceded to the throne in 1936 upon the abdication of his brother, King Edward VIII, making Elizabeth the heir presumptive.
She was born Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor, in Mayfair, London, on 21 April 1926.
Liz Truss is expected to handle her most significant task as Britain's Prime Minister when she delivers an address to the world, officially announcing the Queen's death. She was appointed into office two days ago.
According to renowned New York Time writer Mark Landler, the death of the Queen brought a moment of reckoning for Britain. It marks both the loss of a revered monarch — the only one most Britons have ever known — and the end of a figure who served as a living link to the glories of World War II Britain, presided over its fitful adjustment to a post-colonial, post-imperial era and saw it through its bitter divorce from the European Union.
Will Prince Charles III Become King Charles III?
Contrary to reports making the rounds, although the son of Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Charles III, is in line to assume the highest position in the land, he won't necessarily become king Charles.
When Charles succeeds his mother as the monarch, there is a chance that he may not become King Charles III, as it's not unusual for royals to take another name when they ascend the throne.
He is free to choose his own regnal title and may select another from his full given name — Charles Philip Arthur George — or choose an entirely different name. The Queen's own father, whose given name was Albert, chose to be crowned King George VI in 1936 when he took the throne.
More details to follow as they unfold. Stay tuned!
May the gentle and loving soul of Queen Elizabeth II rest in peace.