Queen Elizabeth II, the longest reigning British Monarch left this world after 70 years on the throne. Having lived for 96 years, the palace announced the death of the Queen on Thursday. Reports have that she died at Balmoral Castle, her summer residence in Scotland.
She was the only monarch that the majority of Britons have ever known, and her name marks an era: the modern Elizabethan Era. She serves as a link to the nearly extinct generation who fought in World War II.
Both for the country and the monarchy, an institution she helped modernize and stabilize through decades of significant societal change and family scandals, the impact of her loss will be enormous and unpredictable.
Although the coronation might not happen for months, her 73-year-old son Charles automatically becomes king upon the death of the queen. It is unknown if he will decide to use the name King Charles III or another name.
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