UK's longest-serving monarch Queen Elizabeth II passes away peacefully at Balmoral Castle; to be laid to rest by husband Prince Philip's side

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Queen Elizabeth II, the longest-serving monarch of the United Kingdom, passed away at the age of 96 at her estate in Balmoral, Scotland on September 8. She took the throne on February 6, 1952, and ruled the realm for 70 years and 127 days. She became the second-longest reigning monarch in world history after French King Louis XIV, who ruled for more than 72 years. 

In a statement from Buckingham Palace, the spokesperson 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." Queen's eldest son, Charles, will succeed her on the throne as King Charles III. In a statement, he stated, "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."

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In June this year, the United Kingdom celebrated her Platinum Jubilee on the throne. Despite declining health, she made various appearances throughout the festivities. The monarch had tested positive for COVID-19 in February. A few hours before her demise, her family rushed to be by her side at Balmoral Castle, after doctors expressed concern about her health. 

The queen is expected to be laid to rest by her beloved husband Prince Philip's side at the King George VI memorial chapel at Windsor Castle. 

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