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Queen Elizabeth II dies aged 96

Prince of Wales becomes the new monarch, King Charles III

Britain's Queen Elizabeth attends an armed forces act of loyalty parade in the gardens of the Palace of Holyroodhouse, as they mark her Platinum Jubilee, in Edinburgh, Scotland, Britain, June 28, 2022. Jane Barlow/Pool via REUTERS
Queen Elizabeth II attends a parade in Edinburgh, Scotland, in June.   © Reuters

(Financial Times) -- Queen Elizabeth II, Britain's longest-serving monarch, has died, leaving her people in mourning but reflecting on a life of duty in which she bound the country together through 70 years of momentous change.

Her death, at the age of 96, was announced by Buckingham Palace at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday. It marked a watershed moment in the life of the nation, leaving it without its "matriarch."

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