Queen Elizabeth II dies aged 96

Queen Elizabeth II dies aged 96

Elizabeth II became queen in 1952 and was Britain's longest-reigning monarch. (Photo: AFP)
Elizabeth II became queen in 1952 and was Britain's longest-reigning monarch. (Photo: AFP)

Queen Elizabeth II, the longest-serving monarch in British history, died on Thursday. She was 96.

Buckingham Palace announced her death in a short statement, triggering 10 days of national mourning and tributes to her long life and record-breaking reign.

"The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon," Buckingham Palace said in a statement at 6.30pm (1730 GMT).

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

The eldest of her four children, Charles, Prince of Wales, 73, becomes king immediately.

The queen's death came after the palace announced on Thursday that doctors were "concerned" for her health and recommended she stayed under medical supervision.

All her children -- Charles, Princess Anne, 72, Prince Andrew, 62, and Prince Edward, 58, went to her Scottish Highland retreat, Balmoral.

They were joined by Charles's sons, Prince William, and his brother Prince Harry.

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  • concerned: worried about something   - มีความกังวล
  • consort: (n) the husband or wife of a ruler -
  • mourning: the process or ceremony of expressing great sadness because someone has died - ไว้อาลัย
  • reign: (of a king or queen) to officially rule a country - ครองราชย์
  • retreat (noun): a quiet, private place that you go to in order to get away from your usual life - สถานที่ที่สงบเงียบ, สถานที่ที่เป็นส่วนตัว
  • tribute: something that you do, say, or build to show that you respect and admire someone or something - การแสดงความเคารพ ยกย่องต่อ
  • trigger: to cause - ก่อให้เกิด กระตุ้น
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