Queen Elizabeth II is dead
Queen Elizabeth II of England died at Balmoral, Scotland, at 96, according to Buckingham Palace. She was the UK's longest-serving monarch, ruling the kingdom for 70 years.
She died in the presence of her family members, who gathered at her Scottish estate after her health condition deteriorated. After the Queen's health became worrisome, forcing doctors to place her under medical supervision, the Queen's children and her grandson, Prince William, travelled to Balmoral to be with her. Prince Harry is on his way.
Constitutionally, with the Queen's death, her eldest son Charles will officially take over the throne as the new King and head of state for 14 Commonwealth countries.
The Queen, born Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor on 21 April 1926, had ruled England since 1952 and worked with 15 prime ministers starting with Winston Churchill, born in 1874, with whom she held weekly briefings throughout her reign.
She died peacefully, according to a statement from Buckingham Palace.
May her soul rest in perfect peace.