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Buckingham Palace have confirmed Her Majesty the Queen has died at the age of 96.
Queen Elizabeth II had reigned over the United Kingdom since 1952 and is the country’s longest-serving monarch.
Her family rushed to be by her side throughout the day after concerns were raised for health, following her meeting with the new Prime Minister Liz Truss.
The statement in full from Buckingham Palace following the death of the Queen read: “The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon.
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“The King and The Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral this evening and will return to London tomorrow.”
The Queen’s funeral will, according to tradition, be a state funeral, a rare honour mostly reserved for the sovereign.
The only monarch not to be given a state funeral in the last 295 years was Edward VIII, who abdicated.
State funerals have, on rare occasions, by order of the monarch and by a vote in Parliament providing the funds, been held for distinguished figures including Sir Isaac Newton, Lord Nelson, the Duke of Wellington and wartime prime minister Sir Winston Churchill.
The last state funeral in the UK was Churchill’s in 1965.
The last state funeral for a sovereign was for the Queen’s father, George VI, in 1952.
Her death marks the end of the Elizabethan era and is certain to trigger an extended period of national mourning.
Prince Charles, her eldest son, now becomes King having held the position of Prince of Wales for the longest period in history. Prince William is now expected to inherit that title.
Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, will likely now become the Queen Consort. She will be the first person to fill the role since the Queen Mother.
As Queen, Elizabeth oversaw a period of modernisation and great technological advance in Britain.
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As well as being sovereign, she was Head of the Commonwealth and key to keeping the bloc of former British Empire territories united.
She was born in Mayfair in 1926 to the Duke and Duchess of York, who later became King George VI and Queen Elizabeth when King Edward VIII abdicated the throne in 1936 to be with his American lover Wallis Simpson.
Elizabeth acceded the throne in 1952 after her father died while she was on a tour of Kenya.
As Princess Elizabeth, she married Philip Mountbatten in 1947 before having four children; Charles in 1948, Anne in 1950, Andrew in 1960 and Edward in 1964.
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