Britain’s longest-reigning monarch dies at 96

LONDON, SANA — Britain’s longest-reigning monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, has died in Scotland. Prince Charles is now king, agencies said.

The royal family said in a statement: “The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon. The King and The Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral this evening and will return to London tomorrow.”

Queen Elizabeth II’s eldest son Charles has issued a statement after the death of his “beloved mother” Thursday, thanking the nation and the world for its support.

“We mourn profoundly the passing of a cherished Sovereign,” he wrote. “I know her loss will be deeply felt throughout the country, the Realms and the Commonwealth, and by countless people around the world.”

Charles, who will become king and his wife, Camilla, queen consort, will return to London from Balmoral in Scotland on Friday, according to Buckingham Palace.

Mazen Eyon

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