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. Here is a look-back at her life in pictures

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.

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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.

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Photo 1 of 10 Princess Elizabeth at St Paul's Walden Bury. (Photo: Getty Images)
Photo 2 of 10 The Prince Of Wales, Princess Elizabeth, Later Queen Elizabeth Ii, Returning From Crathie Church During A Visit To Balmoral, Scotland. (Photo: Getty Images)
Photo 3 of 10 Princess Elizabeth on a royal visit to South Africa in 1947. Photo: BBC
Photo 4 of 10 Princess Elizabeth with her fiancee, Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten at Buckingham Palace after the announcement of their engagement by her father the King. (Photo: Getty Images)
Photo 5 of 10 Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip with their baby son, Prince Edward, on the balcony at Buckingham Palace, during the Trooping of the Colour. (Photo: Getty Images)
Photo 6 of 10 Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip with their two children, Prince Charles and Princess Anne in the grounds of Clarence House, London. (Photo: Getty Images)
Photo 7 of 10 Queen Elizabeth II in the traditional Irish state coach travelling to Westminster for her first state opening of parliament as the crowned sovereign. (Photo: Getty Images)
Photo 8 of 10 Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain at Windsor for the ceremony of the Order of the Garter. (Photo: Getty Images)
Photo 9 of 10 Three generations of the British Royal family - Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, Charles, Prince of Wales and Prince William pose for a photograph at Clarence House before a dinner to mark the 50th anniversary of the Queen's Coronation. (Photo: Getty Images)
Photo 10 of 10 Queen Elizabeth II and Prince George of Cambridge stand on the balcony of Buckingham Palace following the Platinum Pageant in London. (Photo: Getty Images)
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