Queen Elizabeth II passed away on Thursday at the age of 96 at Balmoral Castle in Scotland after ruling Great Britain for 70 years, the longest reign in the country’s history.
The Queen passed away quietly this afternoon at Balmoral, according to a statement released by Buckingham Palace late on Thursday.
The Queen was placed under medical observation earlier in the day, according to the palace, after her doctors expressed “worry” about her health.
Her eldest son Charles, in a statement provided by Buckingham Palace, praised his “loving Mother, Her Majesty The Queen.”
The statement read, “During this period of mourning and change, my family and I will be comforted and sustained by our knowledge of the respect and deep affection in which The Queen was so widely held. I know her loss will be deeply felt throughout the country, the Realms and the Commonwealth, and by countless people around the world.”
Tuesday saw Elizabeth take her final significant constitutional step when she accepted Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s resignation and ordered Liz Truss, his replacement, to form a new administration.
According to the New York Times, the monarch cancelled a virtual meeting with her Privy Council on Wednesday after appearing frail at a meeting with the newly appointed Prime Minister and following doctor’s advice to rest.
Her family members, including Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, and the heir to the throne, Prince Charles, came to Balmoral on Thursday to be at her bedside, according to the Washington Post.
I declare before you all that my entire life, whether it be long or short, shall be devoted to your service, as well as the service of our great imperial family to which we all belong, when I became queen in 1952 as a young mother after the death of my father.
When word of the Queen’s passing first surfaced, White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre was giving her daily briefing to reporters.
According to the Times, she stated, “Our relationship with the people of the United Kingdom has gotten deeper and stronger, and it is one of our closest allies. [President Biden] has said as much.” “Once more, our hearts are with the people of the United Kingdom, the queen, and the family,” the speaker continued.