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Queen Elizabeth II, Britain's Longest Ruling Monarch, Dies At 96

Queen Elizabeth Britain's longest-ruling Monarch dies at 96 as the longest-ruling monarch which ruled over more than 70 years 

The royal family - the Queen's son and heir Prince Charles, grandsons William and Harry and their families - have gathered at her Balmoral retreat in the Scottish highlands, where she spent her last days.

The UK celebrated the Queen's Platinum Jubilee to mark 70 years of service to the nation with grand events in June.

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.

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II was the second-longest reigning monarch in history, after France's Louis XIV. The 96-year-old monarch died today. She had been dogged by health problems since October last year that left her with difficulties walking and standing.

In June this year, she overtook Thailand's King to become the world's second-longest reigning monarch.

Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej reigned for 70 years and 126 days between 1927 and 2016.

Louis XIV of France remains the longest-reigning monarch, with a 72-year and 110-day reign from 1643 until 1715.

Antonio Guterres Tweeted on the demise of Queen Elizabeth II

Earlier this month, leaked documents revealed the extent of a huge operation to be made active just after Queen Elizabeth II dies.

Details of "Operation London Bridge" were leaked to Politico, which said officials would refer to the day the Queen dies as "D Day".

The code for conveying the message that the Queen has died would be - "London bridge is down."


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