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BREAKING: Queen Elizabeth II Dead at 96

Courtesy of Kenroy AmbrisQueen Elizabeth II, England's longest serving monarch, died Thursday.

Queen Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor II, the longest-serving monarch in British history, is dead at 96, according to Buckingham Palace. The queen reigned for 70 years since her coronation Feb. 6, 1952.

The Palace announced she died “peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon.” The King and the Queen consort, Charles Phillip Arthur George and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, are staying in Balmoral this evening and will be back in London tomorrow.

Members of the royal family were at her side today after her health took a bad turn, according to the Associated Press (AP).

Under English law, her 73-year-old son will take the throne, though his coronation date is still unknown, the AP reported. 

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