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Queen Elizabeth II dies aged 96

The Queen is dead.

Elizabeth II’s death after 70 years on the British throne was today announced by Buckingham Palace.

The Palace revealed earlier today the Queen, who was 96, was under medical supervision due to concerns about her health.

In a short statement, Buckingham Palace said: “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.”

The new king, Charles III, said: “The death of my beloved mother Her Majesty The Queen, is a moment of the greatest sadness for me and all members of my family.

“We mourn profoundly the passing of a cherished Sovereign and a much-loved Mother.

“I know her loss will be deeply felt throughout the country, the Realms and the Commonwealth, and by countless people around the world.”

Prime Minister Liz Truss confirmed in her speech the new king will be known as Charles III.

It had previously been reported he might be known as George VII in honour of his grandfather.

She said: “The death of Her Majesty the Queen is a huge shock to the nation and to the world.

“Britain is the country it is today because of her.

“She was the very sprit of Great Britain and that spirit will endure.

“Her devotion to duty is an example to us all.”

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