Royal family officials reported that the queen passed away peacefully on Thursday afternoon at Balmoral Castle, her home in the Scottish Highlands.

She is currently at Balmoral with her son King Charles, who will return to London on Friday.

The longest reigning British monarch was Queen Elizabeth II, who ruled the United Kingdom for seven decades.


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The queen has performed fewer official responsibilities in recent years, occasionally skipping engagements where her attendance used to be expected.

Her recent mobility problems have caused her to spend a lot of time at the family’s rural estate near London, Windsor Castle, and the Scottish castle, Balmoral.