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Queen Elizabeth II Dies Aged 96

Queen Elizabeth II, the UK’s monarch for over 70 years, has died aged 96.

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,” Buckingham Palace announced earlier.

Her death brings to an end the longest reign in British history. She was also the world’s oldest head of state and more widely travelled than any other world leader.

Born Princess Elizabeth Elizabeth Alexandra Mary in in London on 21 April 1926, she became Queen in 1952 at the age of 25, when her father, King George VI, died.

During a radio address on her 21st birthday in 1974, she pledged her life to the service of the Commonwealth.

“I declare before you all that my whole life, whether it be long or short, shall be devoted to your service and the service of our great imperial family to which we all belong,” she said.

In the same year she married her wartime sweetheart Prince Philip who remained by her side until his death in 2021.

The queen was also a mother of four children and grandmother to eight grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

A period of national mourning has begun across the UK and is expected to last until the funeral in ten days time.

In the meantime, major sporting events like football are expected to be postponed as a mark of respect for the beloved monarch.


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