Queen Elizabeth II passed away peacefully

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND – JULY 01: Queen Elizabeth II smiles during a visit to Edinburgh’s Climate Change Institute, as part of her traditional trip to Scotland for the week of Holyrood on July 1, 2021 in Edinburgh, Scotland Scotland. (Photo by Jane Barlow – WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Queen Elizabeth II died peacefully at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on Thursday September 8, the royal family confirmed on Twitter. They tweeted: ‘The Queen passed away peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon. The King and Queen consort will stay at Balmoral tonight and return to London tomorrow.

In recent years, the Queen, 96, has suffered a handful of health-related episodes, according to CNN. These include knee problems in 2003, the removal of torn cartilage in his left knee and surgery on his right. Ten years later, the monarch was hospitalized for treatment for gastroenteritis, a common stomach bug. She sprained her back in May 2021, missing the Remembrance Sunday service in central London. In October of the same year, she spent a night in a hospital while she was undergoing “preliminary investigations”, the Palace said at the time.

Earlier this year in February, the Queen contracted Covid-19 and suffered mild cold symptoms, so she was able to continue with light duties. Since her diagnosis of Covid-19, the queen has been forced to cancel or iron out certain events more regularly. Marking 70 years on the throne, the Queen did not attend all of June’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations and missed the official opening of Parliament the previous month due to mobility issues.

Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, is the eldest son of Queen Elizabeth. He is the heir apparent to the throne of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

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