Queen Elizabeth II, the longest-reigning monarch in British history and Canada’s head of state, died today, September 8, 2022, at the age of 96 — bringing the end to a reign that lasted 70 years. For most people alive in Canada today, Queen Elizabeth II has always been the face of the British monarchy.
Buckingham Palace announced the news via an official statement. “The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon,” the statement read on Twitter. “The King and The Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral this evening and will return to London tomorrow.”
As the statement alludes to and PEOPLE reports, Queen Elizabeth is succeeded immediately by her eldest son, Charles, who is now King. Charles’ wife, Camilla, is now the Queen Consort. Charles’ eldest son, Prince William, is now the next in line for the British throne.
The Queen passed away at her Scottish home, Balmoral Castle, where many members of the Royal Family had rushed to her side amid her declining health. The Queen had reportedly been suffering “episodic mobility problems” since last year.
“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,” read a statement from Charles.
“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.”
“During this period of mourning and change, my family and I will be comforted and sustained by our knowledge of the respect and deep affection in which The Queen was so widely held.”
Queen Elizabeth is survived by her four children, eight grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Her husband of 73 years, Prince Phillip, passed away in June 2021 at the age of 99.