AceShowbiz - Queen Elizabeth has passed away. Buckingham Palace have confirmed the 96-year-old monarch died "peacefully" at her Balmoral estate on Thursday (08.09.22) afternoon. Her son, Prince Charles, becomes King immediately following her death.
A message on the official royal family website read, "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."
Earlier in the day, it had been revealed doctors had grown "concerned" for the queen's health and she was placed under "medical supervision." Buckingham Palace said in a statement, "Following further evaluation this morning, the Queen's doctors are concerned for Her Majesty's health and have recommended she remain under medical supervision. The Queen remains comfortable and at Balmoral."
After the statement was released, it was revealed the queen's children, Princes Charles, Andrew, and Edward, and Princess Anne, were either already at the Scottish estate or travelling there, as were Princes William and Harry, Duchess of Cambridge, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, and Sophie, Countess of Wessex.
Last October, the queen - whose husband Prince Philip passed away in April 2021 aged 99 - took a break from the public eye after being hospitalised for an undisclosed condition and then suffering a back sprain, with doctors advising her to rest.
She spent several months of light duties involving private meetings and virtual audiences before returning to public duties with a walking stick. In February, she contracted COVID-19 and was said to be experiencing "mild, cold-like symptoms" but caused concern when she pulled out of a number of virtual appointments.
During her official Platinum Jubilee celebrations in June, the queen made two appearances on the Buckingham Palace balcony during Trooping the Colour and a third, unannounced, appearance at the Platinum Pageant.
Her final official duties were audiences with departing Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his successor, new leader Liz Truss. In a break with tradition, both politicians travelled to Balmoral for the ceremonies, marking the first time the meetings have taken place outside of Buckingham Palace or Windsor Castle.
The queen is survived by her children, Charles, Anne, Andrew, and Edward, and eight grandchildren, Prince William, Prince Harry, Peter Phillips, Zara Phillips, Princess Beatrice, Princess Eugenie, Lady Louse Windsor and James, Viscount Severn.
She also had 12 great-grandchildren - Prince George, Princess Charlotte, Prince Louis, Archie and Lilibet Mountbatten-Windsor, Savannah and Isla Philips, Mia, Lena, and Lucas Tindall, August Brooksbank, and Sienna Mapelli Mozzi.