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    Queen Elizabeth II dies at 96

    MANILA, Philippines – Queen Elizabeth II, Britain's longest-reigning monarch, died peacefully at her home in Scotland on Thursday, September 8, aged 96.

    Queen Elizabeth II dies at 96
    Queen Elizabeth II died peacefully at Balmoral Castle in Aberdeenshire, Scotland on September 8, 2022. Photo courtesy of Facebook/The Royal Family

    The new king, her eldest son Charles, announced the sad news in a statement from the Buckingham Palace.

    "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," King Charles said.

    "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," the 73-year-old added.

    During the coming period of mourning, he said he and his family would be "comforted and sustained by our knowledge of the respect and deep affection in which the Queen was so widely held".

    The King and his wife Camilla will return to London on Friday, Buckingham Palace said. He is expected to address the nation on Friday.

    All the Queen's children travelled to Balmoral after doctors placed the Queen under medical supervision.

    On Queen Elizabeth's death, Charles automatically became monarch of the United Kingdom and the head of state of 14 other realms including Australia, Canada and New Zealand.

    Queen Elizabeth II, who was also the world's oldest head of state, came to the throne following the death of her father King George VI on Feruary 6, 1952, when she was just 25.

    The Queen's husband Prince Philip died at age 99 in April last year.

    They had four children: Charles, Prince of Wales; Anne, Princess Royal; Prince Andrew, Duke of York; and Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex.

    — The Summit Express

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