Queen Elizabeth II, longest serving British monarch in history, has died aged 96

Queen Elizabeth II, who reigned longer than any other British monarch in history, has died aged 96 today.

er death was confirmed by a statement from Buckingham Palace.

“The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon,” a statement read.

Prince Charles now becomes king, and his wife Camilla the queen consort.

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Members of the public gather outside Buckingham Palace in central London. Photo credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire

“The King and The Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral this evening and will return to London tomorrow,” the short statement continued.

The queen’s family, including her children Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward, rushed to her side during the day.

Her grandsons, princes William and Harry, and other members of Britain’s royal family were by her bedside when she died at her summer residence of Balmoral Castle in Scotland.

A statement issued by Buckingham Palace this morning informed the public that the queen’s health had deteriorated. She had cancelled a virtual meeting on Wednesday, where she was due to meet ministers of the new British government.

This came a day after appointing Liz Truss as prime minister at Balmoral.

Queen Elizabeth, who was born in February 1926, ascended to the throne in February 1952 and was crowned in June 1953.

She had experienced increasing health issues in recent years as she aged, with mobility issues becoming apparent. In some of the last photos issued of the queen, she was seen using a walking stick.


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Members of the public gather outside Buckingham Palace in central London. Photo credit: Victoria Jones/PA Wire

In a statement shortly after her death, President Michael D Higgins paid fond tribute to Queen Elizabeth.

““It is with profound regret and a deep personal sadness that I have learnt of the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II,” he said.

“On behalf of the people of Ireland, may I express my heartfelt sympathy to His Majesty King Charles and to the Royal Family on their very great personal loss. May I offer my deepest condolences to the British people and to the members of the Commonwealth on the loss of a unique, committed and deeply respected Head of State.

“Her Majesty served the British people with exceptional dignity. Her personal commitment to her role and extraordinary sense of duty were the hallmarks of her period as Queen, which will hold a unique place in British history.


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Queen Elizabeth at the Garden of Remembrance in 2011. Photo: PA

“Her reign of 70 years encompassed periods of enormous change, during which she represented a remarkable source of reassurance to the British people. This was a reassurance based on a realism of the significance of present events, rather than any narrow conception of history. This was so well reflected by a remarkable generosity of spirit which helped to foster a more inclusive relationship both with the British people themselves and with those with whom her country has experienced a complex, and often difficult, history.

“As President of Ireland, I recall the exceptional hospitality afforded to Sabina and myself by the Queen and the late Prince Philip on our four day State Visit to Britain in 2014. Together we celebrated the deeply personal interconnection between the Irish and British people, a connection embodied by the hundreds of thousands of families who have moved between our shores over the centuries.

“As we know, the Queen often spoke of how much she enjoyed her own historic State Visit to Ireland in 2011, the first such Visit by a British monarch since Irish independence, and during which she did so much through eloquent word and generous gesture to improve relations between our two islands.

“Queen Elizabeth’s Visit was pivotal in laying a firm basis for an authentic and ethical understanding between our countries. During those memorable few days eleven years ago, the Queen did not shy away from the shadows of the past. Her moving words and gestures of respect were deeply appreciated and admired by the people of Ireland and set out a new, forward looking relationship between our nations – one of respect, close partnership and sincere friendship.

“As we offer our condolences to all our neighbours in the United Kingdom, following the loss of a remarkable friend of Ireland, we remember the role Queen Elizabeth played in celebrating the warm and enduring friendship, and her great impact on the bonds of mutual understanding, between our two peoples. She will be deeply missed.

“Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam dílis.”

The British monarch’s death comes 17 months after the death of her husband, Prince Philip.

She was the longest serving monarch in UK history and the second-longest serving monarch in history, behind France’s Louis XIV.

Prince Charles, the queen’s eldest son, and longest heir apparent in British history, will now become king.

The queen and Prince Philip made an historic State visit to Ireland in May 2011, on the invitation of then-President Mary McAleese. It was the first visit by a reigning British monarch to the Republic.

The visit was seen as a turning point in Ireland-British relations, and a symbolic gesture, coming 13 years after the signing of the Good Friday Agreement. During her visit – which saw the largest security operation in the history of this State – she visited Croke Park, the Garden of Remembrance, Trinity College and Áras an Úachtarán.

A speech given by the queen during her visit, in which she opened with a line as Gaeilge, was widely praised. In it she celebrated the ongoing peace in Northern Ireland and the further normalisation of ties between Dublin and London

Britain’s royal family has been besieged by controversy in recent years, with scandal surrounding Prince Andrew while Prince Harry stepped back from his royal duties to live as a civilian in the US with his wife, Meghan Markle.

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