Queen Elizabeth II, the UK’s longest-reigning monarch, has died at the age of 96
She died peacefully at Balmoral Castle on Thursday afternoon, Buckingham Palace says
The Crown passes immediately to her son and heir Charles, who will officially be known as King Charles III
The new King said his mother’s death was a moment of “the greatest sadness for me and all members of my family”
Prime Minister Liz Truss, who was appointed by the Queen two days ago, described her as “the rock upon which modern Britain was built”
The Queen steered the monarchy through turbulent times, as Britain’s Empire ended and its place in the world fundamentally changed
She was head of state of the UK and 14 other countries, including Australia, Canada and Jamaica
She is survived by her four children, eight grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

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