Britain’s Queen Elizabeth Dies Peacefully at 96, Bringing 70-year Reign to a Close



Queen Elizabeth, Britain’s longest-reigning monarch and the nation’s figurehead for seven decades, has died aged 96. “The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon,” it said in a statement.

Elizabeth’s eldest son Charles, 73, automatically becomes king of the United Kingdom and the head of state of 14 other realms including Australia, Canada and New Zealand. His wife Camilla becomes Queen Consort.