The country is in mourning following the announcement of the death of Queen Elizabeth II today (September 8).
Buckingham Palace had issued a statement this morning saying doctors of the 96-year-old monarch were “concerned for Her Majesty’s health.”
During the day the Queen’s family travelled to Balmoral to be at her side.
This evening it was confirmed Queen Elizabeth passed away this afternoon.
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. pic.twitter.com/VfxpXro22W
— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) September 8, 2022
Queen Elizabeth was the country’s longest serving monarch, celebrating 70 years on the throne this year.
She ascended the throne on the death of her father on February. 6, 1952, and was crowned on June 2, 1953 at Westminster Abbey.
She married Navy lieutenant Philip Mountbatten at London’s Westminster Abbey on November 20, 1947 and they had four children: Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward.
Prince Philip died in April last year, aged 99.
🤝 The Queen received Liz Truss at Balmoral Castle today.
Her Majesty asked her to form a new Administration. Ms. Truss accepted Her Majesty’s offer and was appointed Prime Minister and First Lord of the Treasury. pic.twitter.com/klRwVvEOyc
— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) September 6, 2022
During her reign she was served by 15 prime ministers from Winston Churchill to Liz Truss.
Former Prince of Wales, and the Queen’s oldest child, Charles, will lead the country in mourning as the new King and head of state.
For those in Thanet wishing to leave a message, a book of condolence will be placed at the Thanet Gateway Plus building in Margate from Friday 9 September and throughout the official period of mourning.
An e-book of condolence will be available on the official Royal website https://orlo.uk/I7fpz