BREAKING NEWS: Queen Elizabeth II of England Passes Away

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND – JUNE 28: Queen Elizabeth II attends an Armed Forces Act of Loyalty Parade at the Palace of Holyroodhouse on June 28, 2022 in Edinburgh, United Kingdom. Members of the Royal Family are spending a Royal Week in Scotland, carrying out a number of engagements between Monday June 27 and Friday July 01, 2022. (Photo by Jane Barlow – WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Just days after welcoming a new Prime Minister, England must prepare for yet another change. 

At 96 years old, Queen Elizabeth, the longest-reigning British Monarch, passed away at Balmoral Estate in Scotland, a favorite retreat not only of the late Queen, but of her grandmother Queen Victoria.

Having recently celebrated her Platinum Jubilee marking 70 years as Britain’s reigning monarch, she was known for stabilizing and modernizing the monarchy during her rule. From fighting and serving during World War II, to helping her country and family navigate decades of rapid change, Queen Elizabeth II is the only monarch most Britons alive have known.

At her passing, her son, Charles, is automatically made the reigning monarch, though his official coronation may not take place for some time. It is not yet known if he will be called King Charles III or if he will choose to be called something else.

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