Buckingham Palace announced the death of Britain’s reigning monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, age 96, on Thursday, Sept. 8 in a Tweet to the royal family’s Twitter account. 

“The queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon,” the Tweet said. “The King and The Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral this evening and will return to London tomorrow.”

The queen passed away while at Balmoral Castle, the Scottish estate house of the royal family in the days preceding her death.  

Earlier in the day, a statement regarding the health of Queen Elizabeth was posted to the royal family’s website, as doctors suggested she remain under medical supervision. Six hours later, the queen’s death was announced in the second statement. 

According to Britannica, the queen served for 70 years, with the celebration of her seven decades on the throne having been held in June. Her time on the throne makes her the longest-serving British monarch.

The new reigning monarch of Britain, King Charles released a statement expressing his sadness over the death of his mother. 

“We mourn profoundly the passing of a cherished Sovereign and a much-loved Mother,” King Charles said. “I know her loss will be deeply felt throughout the country, the Realms and the Commonwealth, and by countless people around the world.”


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Lillian Durr is the Editor-in-Chief at The Standard for the 2022-23 school year. She is a junior in English-creative writing. She also previously was a section editor for the 2021-22 school year and wrote for The Standard during the 2020-21 school year