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Queen Elizabeth II, Britain’s longest-reigning monarch, dies aged 96


In recent months, the Queen has shown weakness and has withdrawn from public skirmishes. She used to walk with a cane and was also seen touring the Chelsea Flower Show in a motorized buggy.

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In June, the UK came together to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth’s accession to the British throne

Queen Elizabeth II has died in Scotland at the age of 96 after battling health problems since last October, the Royal Family announced on Thursday.

“The Queen passed away peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon. The King and The Queen Consort will be staying at Balmoral this evening and will return to London tomorrow,” the Royal Family posted on Twitter.

Her close family rushed to her bedside as doctors became increasingly “concerned” about her health on Thursday, Buckingham Palace said. Her grandson and his wife, Harry and Meghan Markle – who had a public confrontation with the Palace, flew in from Canada.

According to AFP news agency, the Queen withdrew from a scheduled meeting with her senior political advisers on Wednesday, after being told to take a break. The day before, she had had an audience at Balmoral, her Scottish Highlands retreat, with outgoing Prime Minister Boris Johnson and appointed his successor, Liz Truss.

In recent months, the Queen has shown weakness and has withdrawn from public skirmishes. She used to walk with a cane and was also seen touring the Chelsea Flower Show in a motorized buggy.

In June, the UK came together to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee to mark the 70th anniversary of the Queen’s accession to the British throne. Her husband, Prince Phillip, died last year at the age of 99, two months before his 100th birthday.

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