Queen Elizabeth II has died at 96, the palace confirmed on Thursday.
She died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland surrounded by her immediate family according to a statement by the royal family.
The queen who was UK’s longest reigning monarch took the throne in 1953 at the age of 27. She was also the second-longest serving sovereign in world history.
Reports of the queen’s health emerged on Wednesday when she postponed a virtual meeting with Privy Council advisors on doctors’ advice to rest.
On Thursday at 7:30 a.m. ET, the palace issued a statement that the queen’s doctors were “concerned” for her health, recommending she remain under medical supervision at Balmoral, the family estate in Scotland.
The monarch’s husband, Prince Philip, died at age 99 in 2021.