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Queen Elizabeth II, Britain's longest reigning queen, died at the age of 96.

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According to centuries of precedent, her eldest son, Charles, 73, has ascended as king.

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The royal family has assembled at her Balmoral home in the Scottish highlands,

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where she spent her final days, including King Charles, grandchildren William and Harry, and their families.

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In June, the United Kingdom celebrated the Queen's Platinum Jubilee, marking 70 years of service to the country.

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Queen Elizabeth surpassed her great-great grandmother Queen Victoria as the longest-serving British queen in 2015.

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She became the world's second-longest reigning monarch this year.

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As the United Kingdom celebrated her Platinum Jubilee with royal parades, street celebrations, and spectacle, the Queen thanked the people in a letter, stating she was "humbled and greatly touched."

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She wrote, "Celebrating 70 years as your Queen is truly a first

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Her 73-year-old husband, Prince Philip, died in April 2021, only weeks shy of his 100th birthday.

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