Queen Elizabeth II, whose 70-year reign saw wars, a pandemic, 14 US presidents and the collapse of Britain’s vast empire, has died. His eldest son Charles is now king. “The Queen passed away peacefully this afternoon at Balmoral,” the royal family said in a statement. “The King and Queen Consort will be at Balmoral this evening and return to London tomorrow.” The longest-reigning British monarch was 96.
Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor is also survived by her other children, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward. Prince William, next in line to the throne, and Prince Harry are among his eight grandchildren. She has a dozen grandchildren. Tributes poured in for the Queen from around the world as the news was announced.