Queen Elizabeth II, the longest-reigning monarch in British history, has died at age 96.

"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," read the brief announcement on the Royal Family's official Twitter.

The queen was preceded in death by her husband of more than 70 years, Prince Philip, who died April 9, 2021, at the age of 99.

Queen Elizabeth is survived by her three sons, Princes CharlesAndrew and Edward; one daughter, Princess Anne; eight grandchildren, Princes William and Harry of WalesPrincesses Beatrice and Eugenie of York, and Peter and Zara Phillips, as well as Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn. She is also survived by 12 great-grandchildren.

Queen Elizabeth's eldest son, Charles, the Prince of Wales, will succeed her as king at a date to be determined. His wife, Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, is expected to become queen consort, a title that Queen Elizabeth requested Camilla be granted at the time of her Platinum Jubilee celebration earlier this year.

Charles's eldest son, Prince William, is now heir to the throne.

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