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08th Sep 2022

Tributes pour in for Queen Elizabeth II after she dies aged 96

Jack Peat

She had reigned for more than 70 years

The Queen has died at the age of 96, Buckingham Palace has confirmed in a statement.

Britain’s longest-serving monarch passed away at Balmoral on Thursday.

Princess Elizabeth was born on 21 April 1926 and became the Queen in 1952 following the death of King George. She was coronated on 2 June 1953 at the age of just 25.

Earlier on Thursday, Buckingham Palace announced that Her Majesty was under medical supervision at Balmoral after doctors became concerned.

At 18.30 that night, after all her children had travelled to be by her side, it was announced that she had passed away peacefully.

A statement from His Majesty The King read:

“The death of my beloved Mother 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.”

Tributes have poured in since the announcement, with Harry Potter author JK Rowling saying she was a “thread winding through all our lives”.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the Queen was a “presence in our lives – and her service to Canadians will forever remain an important part of our country’s history.”

Volodymyr Zelenskyy echoed his sentiment, describing it as an “irreparable loss”.

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