Buckingham Palace said the queen, who was 96, died peacefully at Balmoral Castle, her estate in the Scottish Highlands. Her son became Britain’s new monarch, King Charles III. Queen Elizabeth II has been affected by persistent health problems since October last year that left her with difficulties walking and standing. In 2015, Queen Elizabeth became the longest-serving British monarch, surpassing her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria. This year, she became the world's second longest reigning monarch.
The death of Queen Elizabeth II, which Buckingham Palace announced on Thursday, is a watershed moment for Britain, at once incomparable and incalculable. US President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden released a statement on the death of Queen Elizabeth II, calling her a "steadying presence and a source of comfort and pride for generations."