Queen Elizabeth II dead at 96 after 70 years on the throne
The palace announced she died at Balmoral Castle, her summer residence in Scotland, where members of the royal family had rushed to her side after her health took a turn for the worse. A link to the almost-vanished generation that fought World War II, she was the only monarch most Britons have ever known, and her name defines an age: the modern Elizabethan Era.
Queen Elizabeth II, Longest-reigning Monarch in British History, Passes Away At Age of 96
Queen Elizabeth's eldest son Charles, who succeeds as king immediately, said that she was a "cherished sovereign and a much-loved mother" who would be missed around the world
Buckingham Palace statement on death of Queen Elizabeth
LONDON - Britain's Queen Elizabeth died aged 96 on Thursday. Here is the full statement released by Buckingham Palace: "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." (Reporting by Michael Holden, editing by William James)