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Queen Elizabeth II dies


Queen Elizabeth II, the UK's longest-serving monarch, has died at Balmoral aged 96, after reigning for 70 years.


Princess Elizabeth Alexandra Mary was born in London on 21 April 1926. The Queen came to the throne in 1952 at the age of 25, when her father, King George VI, died. She witnessed enormous social change.


During her record-breaking reign, she dedicated her life to serving her country and Commonwealth.


The Queen's reign saw 15 different prime ministers, from Sir Winston Churchill to Liz Truss.


With her death, her eldest son Charles, the former Prince of Wales, will lead the country in mourning as the new King and head of state for 14 Commonwealth realms.


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

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