Breaking: Queen Elizabeth II is Dead at 96

Buckingham Palace confirms that Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has died on Thursday at the age of 96.

A statement from Buckingham Palace 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.”

She had been the United Kingdom’s monarch for the past 70 years.

The coronation of her son Charles will likely not be held for several months — though he technically became king as soon as his mother passed away Thursday.

Charles, 73, the eldest of the Queen’s four children, became the UK’s 62nd monarch in the wake of his mother’s death.

He is expected to be officially proclaimed king a day after his mother’s passing, but the coronation ceremony will be held at a later date due, in part, to the lengthy mourning period for the Queen and the in-depth planning process.

“When, in the fullness of time, my son Charles becomes King, I know you will give him and his wife Camilla the same support that you have given me,” the Queen wrote in February statement thanking her subjects ahead of her Platinum Jubilee.

“And it is my sincere wish that, when the time comes, Camilla will be known as Queen Consort as she continues her own loyal service.”

Based on tradition, Camilla, 75, will be crowned alongside Charles, but won’t share her husband’s sovereignty.

The coronation is expected to be held at London’s Westminster Abbey where such ceremonies have traditionally been held for the last seven centuries.

RIP Queen Elizabeth II (1926-2022)

Joe Biden’s scheduled remarks on the coronavirus vaccine have been delayed after news broke of Queen Elizabeth’s death.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has ordered flags at the U.S. Capitol to be lowered to half-staff after the passing of the queen.

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