Update: Queen Elizabeth II died peacefully on Thursday, Sept. 8, 2022, at Balmoral Castle in Scotland, according to an official tweet from The Royal Family. Members of the royal family, including the queen’s four children, and her grandchildren, Prince William and Prince Harry, traveled to Balmoral to be with her while she remained under medical supervision. In light of her death, her son, Charles, is now the King of England, and his wife, Camilla, is the Queen Consort.
It’s a dark, dark day in the United Kingdom. Known to be a reserved model of neutrality and an extraordinary unifying force for the U.K., the late Queen Elizabeth II first took the throne in 1952 at the age of 25, becoming the second-longest reigning monarch in world history in June 2022. After over 70 years as the Queen of England, Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor passed away at the age of 96 on Sept. 8, 2022.