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Queen Elizabeth II Has Died, World Leaders Respond

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Queen Elizabeth II has passed away.

The Queen had served as the monarch of the United Kingdom for seven decades.

“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,” Buckingham Palace said.

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The announcement came hours after Buckingham Palace issued another statement explaining the seriousness of the situation.

“Following further evaluation this morning, The Queen’s doctors are concerned for Her Majesty’s health and have recommended she remain under medical supervision. The Queen remains comfortable and at Balmoral,” Buckingham Palace said.

The world responded to the news prior to the announcement of her death.

“All the Queen’s four children are now with her at Balmoral Castle. Along with her grandson, the Duke of Cambridge. This is a serious situation,” ITV News report Chris Ship said.

“I can’t even imagine Britain without this Queen. Very unsettling day,” Piers Morgan said.

The Daily Mail reported:

The Queen’s immediate family led by Prince Charles and Prince William are at her bedside today – or racing to get to Balmoral – after doctors revealed they are ‘concerned’ for her health.

Her Majesty  is under medical supervision – but is described as ‘comfortable’ – after her doctors examined her this morning, hours after she was asked to rest instead of attending a meeting of the Privy Council last night. ..

The Duke of Cambridge then flew up from Windsor to be with the 96-year-old monarch. But his wife Kate remains at Adelaide Cottage because George, Charlotte and Louis are having their first full day at school today.

The Queen’s children are all rushing to Balmoral with the Princess Royal, Princess Anne, already there after an engagement in Scotland this week. 

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“The whole country will be deeply concerned by the news from Buckingham Palace this lunchtime,” new Prime Minister Liz Truss said.

“My thoughts – and the thoughts of people across our United Kingdom – are with Her Majesty The Queen and her family at this time,” she said.

“My prayers, and the prayers of people across the (Church of England) and the nation, are with Her Majesty The Queen today,” Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby said.

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“May God’s presence strengthen and comfort Her Majesty, her family, and those who are caring for her at Balmoral,” she said.

Reuters reported on more responses from politicians and other notable figures.

“Along with the rest of the country, I am deeply worried by the news from Buckingham Palace this afternoon. My thoughts are with Her Majesty The Queen and her family at this time, and I join everyone across the United Kingdom in hoping for her recovery,” Labour Leader Keir Starmer said.

“The whole nation’s thoughts and prayers are with Her Majesty The Queen and her family as we all hope and pray for her full recovery,” Liberal Democrats Leader Ed Davey said.

“All of us are feeling profoundly concerned at reports of Her Majesty’s health. My thoughts and wishes are with the Queen and all of the Royal Family at this time,” Scotland First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said.

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“Concerned to hear the news from Buckingham Palace. I send my best wishes to Her Majesty and her family on behalf of the people of Wales,” First minister of Wales Mark Drakeford said.

“I am concerned to hear the news about the Her Majesty The Queen’s health. I offer my prayers for her and her family. May the blessings of the Lord strengthen and comfort her and her family,” Cardinal Vincent Nichols said.

“I know I speak on behalf of the entire House when I say we send all the best wishes to Her Majesty The Queen,” Spaker of Parliament Lindsay Hoyle said.

“I join the people of the United Kingdom, the United States, and across the world in sending our thoughts and prayers to Her Majesty The Queen and her family,” United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom, Jane Hartley, said.

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