Queen Elizabeth II, the longest-reigning British monarch with a seven-decade reign, died on Thursday at the age of 96, according to Buckingham Palace.
After her father, King George VI, died in 1952, Elizabeth took the throne. She presided over the British empire’s final days, enduring global upheaval and domestic scandal while dramatically modernizing the monarchy.
She died at Scotland’s Balmoral Castle after doctors became concerned about her health on Thursday.
Elizabeth II ruled the United Kingdom and 14 other Commonwealth realms, and she became one of the most famous women in history. After her death, her son, Charles, became King.
She succeeded Queen Victoria as the United Kingdom’s longest-serving monarch in September 2015, and she is the world’s second longest-serving monarch, after France’s Louis XIV.
Liz Truss, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, speaks about Queen Elizabeth’s death.
All other news coverage on all UK channels will be suspended for the foreseeable future, and TV shows will be pulled from schedules, possibly for days. According to one source, broadcasters have been contacting producers this afternoon to inform them that their shows will most likely be pulled and promotional advertisements and tweets will cease. BBC news journalists and broadcasters changed into black clothing almost immediately, which is thought to be part of Operation London Bridge, a set of protocols that govern how the Queen’s death is announced and what happens immediately afterwards.
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