The world’s most recognizable icon and the longest-reigning monarch in British history, Queen Elizabeth II, passed away on Thursday.
She was 96.
A brief announcement from Buckingham Palace announcing her passing sparked ten days of national grief and a flood of tributes to her lengthy life and record-breaking reign.
At 6:30 p.m., Buckingham Palace released a statement that read, “The Queen passed away quietly at Balmoral this afternoon” (1730 GMT).
The King and the Queen Consort will spend this evening and tomorrow in Balmoral before flying back to London.
Charles, Prince of Wales, the oldest of her four children and the oldest heir apparent in British history at 73, succeeds her as monarch right away.
Following the palace’s Thursday announcement that doctors were “concerned” for the queen’s health and that she remain under medical monitoring, the queen passed away.
Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew, and Prince Edward, all of whom are now in their sixties and seventies, came to her Scottish Highland home, Balmoral.
Charles’s sons, Prince William and his estranged brother Prince Harry, joined them.
Liz Truss was selected as the 15th prime minister of her reign two days earlier by the queen, who was photographed grinning but appearing elderly and using a walking stick.
One image from the encounter that showed a dark purple bruise on the monarch’s right hand caused concern.