08 September 2022
By Ellie Palmer
It was announced earlier today that Her Royal Highness was under medical supervision at her home in Balmoral after doctors became concerned for her health
Queen Elizabeth II, the longest-reigning British monarch in history, has passed away at the age of 96, Buckingham Palace has announced.
The Queen was head of state of the UK and 14 other countries during her 70-year reign. The statement read:
"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."
Prince Charles, who will now assume the throne, comments, "The death of my beloved mother, Her Majesty the Queen, is a moment of the greatest sadness for me and all members of my family."
Prime Minister Liz Truss said the death of the Queen was a "huge shock to the nation and the world."
What happens next?
Prince Charles has now immediately become the new monarch, and will be known as King Charles III. A period of national mourning has now begun, which will last for 17 days from the day of her death. The funeral will take place ten days after her death.