Special afternoon update: Britain's Queen Elizabeth II died today, September 8, 2022, at Balmoral Castle in Scotland the age of 96.
- Elizabeth II was Britain's longest-reigning monarch, having been on the throne for 70 years.
- Her reign covered the terms of 15 prime ministers, from Winston Churchill to the newly installed Liz Truss, who the queen met with just two days ago.
- Her 73-year-old son Prince Charles automatically became king upon Elizabeth II's death, though his coronation is not expected to take place for several months.
- Speaking outside Downing Street following the death of the queen, U.K. Prime Minister Liz Truss said, "Britain is the great country it is today because of her," "We are now a modern, thriving, dynamic nation. Through thick and thin, Queen Elizabeth II provided us with the stability and the strength that we needed," and "It’s an extraordinary achievement to have presided with such dignity and grace for 70 years."
- Details of Elizabeth II's state funeral are expected to be announced in the coming days.
Related links of interest:
- The process by which Charles's accession to the throne is formalized (Reuters)
- Updated Encyclopedia Britannica biography of Elizabeth II
- World leaders and politicians: reactions to Elizabeth II's death (Reuters)
- BBC Coverage: Obituary | A life in pictures | Commentary: Death of Queen Elizabeth II: The moment history stops
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