The world is mourning after it was announced late last night that Queen Elizabeth II, Britain’s longest-reigning monarch died at the age of 96.
“The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon,” a statement from Buckingham Palace said.
“The King and The Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral this evening and will return to London tomorrow.”
The news came just hours after doctors expressed concern about her health, prompting senior members of the royal family to rush to her side at her Scottish home of Balmoral Castle.
Queen Elizabeth II was the world’s oldest and longest-serving head of state after coming to the throne when she was just 25, following the death of her father, King George VI.
In the decades that followed, the Queen witnessed and anchored Britain through massive political change and social upheaval at home and abroad. She served her nation for 70 years and marked her Platinum Jubilee in 2022.
As we mourn the loss of an icon, we look back at Queen Elizabeth II’s life over her 96 years below.