Queen Elizabeth II has died at the age of 96, Buckingham Palace has confirmed.
A statement from the Palace on the evening of 8 September 2022 said: “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.”
Earlier in the day, the Palace had issued a statement announcing that the Queen was under medical supervision due to her doctors’ concerns for her health. Soon after, her immediate family, including her four children, the Duke of Cambridge and the Duke of Sussex, travelled to Scotland to gather at the Highland estate.
Her Majesty served as Queen for 70 years, longer than any other British monarch in history, and celebrations to mark her Platinum Jubilee took place in June. Plans for her funeral at Westminster Abbey will be revealed in due course, with the Archbishop of Canterbury overseeing the service. The Queen’s coffin will lie in state at Westminster Hall, the oldest building in Parliament, for several days, before being transferred to its final resting place in the King George VI Memorial Chapel in Windsor Castle, beside her husband of 70 years. The Duke of Edinburgh passed away on 9 April 2021 at the age of 99 following a brief illness.
The Queen is survived by a large extended family, including her four children, eight grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Her first-born son, Prince Charles – now King Charles III – will meet with the Accession Council at St James’s Palace to be formally proclaimed King in due course. He will then begin a tour of the United Kingdom, receiving motions of condolence in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales. Further details for his formal coronation at Westminster Abbey will be announced in the coming weeks, after a period of national mourning.
This article originally appeared on Vogue UK