England’s Queen Elizabeth II, who was the second-longest reigning monarch in history, after France’s Louis XIV, died yesterday at the age of 96. Several leaders across the world have paid tribute to her.
She died at her estate in Balmoral, Scotland , as per statement from Buckingham Palace.
Queen Elizabeth II’s eldest son, Charles, succeeds as king immediately, according to centuries of protocol, beginning a new, less certain chapter for the royal family after the queen’s record-breaking 70-year reign.
“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,” King Charles said in a statement.