Queen Elizabeth Alexandra Mary passed away at Balmoral, the palace purchased by her great-great-grandfather Prince Albert for Queen Victoria in 1852. 

She was 96 years old.

On Thursday, Her Majesty’s family gathered at her Scottish estate after concerns grew about her health.

Prince Charles, her eldest son, will be the successor to the throne.

Charles, the former Prince of Wales, will take the throne as the new King and head of state of 14 Commonwealth realms following her death.

In a statement, Buckingham Palace said: “The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon.

“The King and the Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral this evening and will return to London tomorrow.”

After doctors placed the Queen under medical supervision, all the Queen’s children traveled to Balmoral, near Aberdeen.

Elizabeth Alexandra Mary was born to the Duke and Duchess of York on April 21, 1926, in Mayfair, London. 

Queen Elizabeth II was to become a queen but. Because her uncle, Edward VIII, resigned in 1936 due to his link with American divorcee Wallis Simpson, making her father King George VI the heir to the throne.

After the death of King George VI, she was the next in the line of succession. (Edward VIII’s abdication has seemed on screen in films including Oscar-winning “The King’s Speech,” with Colin Firth and Helena Bonham Carter, and Madonna’s biopic of Wallis Simpson, “W.E.”)

She passed away 18 months after her husband, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, died on April 9, 2021. 

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