Queen Elizabeth dies at the age of 96

Queen Elizabeth has died at the age of 96.

The Palace says her Majesty the Queen died peacefully with her family by her side. Her son Charles, the Prince of Wales, will assume the throne. She missed the opening of Parliament for the first time in almost 60 years.

In September of 2015, Queen Elizabeth became the longest-reigning British monarch in the country’s history. She was crowned at the age of 25.

The White House is offering thoughts and prayers over the death of Queen Elizabeth. Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said the late Queen’s family and the people of Great Britain are also in the thoughts of the President and First Lady Jill Biden. Jean-Pierre noted the President hadn’t spoken to the Queen since he visited Britain in June of last year.

She also talked about the longstanding special relationship between the U.S. and Britain.

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