Queen Elizabeth II Has Died, Aged 96

Watch the exact moment White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre learned of Queen Elizabeth II’s death in the middle of a press briefing

White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre was conducting a routine press briefing when she was informed about the Queen’s death.
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A video clip captured the moment White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre learned of Queen Elizabeth II’s death during a routine press briefing.

Jean-Pierre was answering a reporter’s question on the Inflation Reduction Act on Thursday afternoon when journalists at the briefing notified her that the Queen had died.

“Okay, so that’s been confirmed?” she asked after a brief pause. The reporters affirmed the news.

“Our hearts and our thoughts go to the family members of the Queen, goes to the people of the United Kingdom,” she said.

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THEN AND NOW: 22 photos that show how royal life has changed over the years

The Duke and Duchess of Suss3x at Trooping the Colour in 2018 (left) and the Queen waving from a balcony (right)
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Queen Elizabeth died on September 8 after 70 years of rule, and the monarchy looks markedly different than it did when came to power. Some strict rules have been relaxed or changed, and younger members of the royal family continue to challenge traditional rules and roles of royalty. 

Here’s how royal life has changed over the years.

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Here’s what we know about Queen Elizabeth II’s final hours

Queen Elizabeth II on June 24, 2015.
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Queen Elizabeth II died at age 96 on Thursday — concluding her 70-year reign. 

The Queen had faced health challenges during the later chunk of her life — having experienced brief hospitalization in October of last year, continuous episodic “mobility issues,” and a case of the coronavirus in February.

But hours before her death Thursday in the afternoon, Buckingham Palace released a statement: “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 palace added that she was “comfortable.”

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The Queen had stopped breeding her iconic corgis years ago so they wouldn’t outlive her

Queen Elizabeth II posing with a corgi in February 1970.
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Queen Elizabeth II had dozens of royal corgis throughout her historic 70-year reign, starting with Susan, the Pembroke Welsh corgi that the Queen received as a gift on her 18th birthday in 1944. 

The royal corgis that followed were all descendants of Susan, with the Queen personally owning more than 30. The last corgi personally owned by the Queen, Willow, died in 2018 just days before the Queen’s 92nd birthday. 

She had stopped breeding the dogs several years prior because “she didn’t want to leave any young dog behind” when she died, a close friend of hers told Vanity Fair. 

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Queen Elizabeth II saw 16 British prime ministers and 14 US presidents serve during her reign

Queen Elizabeth and Winston Churchill in 1953.
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While on the throne, the Queen saw 16 prime ministers serve Britain, from Winston Churchill to the newly chosen Liz Truss. With each she maintained a “special relationship,” holding private audiences for them on a regular basis.

Insider has put together a timeline showing the scale of her life and reign, and the era-defining leaders whose tenures she outlasted.

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Why Commonwealth countries still fight for independence from royal rule

Queen Elizabeth II during her Jubilee tour in Jamaica, a Commonwealth country, in February 2022.
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Commonwealth nations are mourning the death of Queen Elizabeth II, who helmed the association of 56 countries since her ascension to the throne in 1952.

The Queen was widely respected by Commonwealth countries, making her a “hard act to follow,” Royal historian and author Hugo Vickers told Insider.

But the Commonwealth, comprised largely of former British colonies, has grappled with criticism for its imperialist origins, leading some member states to reconsider their ties to the group.

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Putin expresses ‘deepest condolences’ over death of Queen Elizabeth

Russian President Vladimir Putin is accompanied by Queen Elizabeth II during a procession at The Mallat during the start iof his state visit on June 24, 2003 in London, England.
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Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday expressed his “deepest condolences” over the death of Queen Elizabeth.

In a telegram to King Charles III, Britain’s new monarch, Putin said the queen was a major historical figure during her 70-year reign.

“For many decades,” he wrote, “Elizabeth II rightfully enjoyed the love and respect of her subjects, as well as authority on the world stage.”

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A Canadian citizenship ceremony was delayed after officials were confused about whom to swear allegiance to

Queen Elizabeth II on June 24, 2015.
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A Canadian citizenship ceremony was delayed on Thursday as officials figured out whom to swear allegiance to after Queen Elizabeth II’s death, according to a journalist who attended.

The virtual Canadian citizenship ceremony, which had 141 attendees, was halted as officials talked to each person individually, investigative journalist Roberto Rocha, who attended the ceremony with a friend, tweeted.

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Queen Elizabeth II’s death announcement via Twitter shows how much the monarchy has changed since her father’s death in 1952

King George VI and Queen Elizabeth in the gardens at Windsor Castle, England, on July 8, 1946.
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The announcement of Queen Elizabeth II’s death, which first came from a Twitter post shared by the Royal Family, highlights how communication from the monarchy has changed since she ascended to the throne 70 years ago. 

With the death of her father, King George VI, on February 6, 1952, Elizabeth became Queen at age 25. News of George’s death, however, did not travel as quickly as it did when his daughter passed away.

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Liz Truss, on her third day of being the UK’s prime minister, pays tribute to the Queen’s 70-year reign

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The UK Prime Minister Liz Truss paid tribute to Queen Elizabeth II  following the death of the monarch who reigned for 70 years. 

Truss formally took the mantle of prime minister just three days ago— an appointment that is made directly by the Queen. 

Speaking outside No. 10 Downing Street, Truss described the Queen as “the rock on which modern Britain was built.”

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Trump releases statement about the Queen’s death

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Former President Donald Trump expressed his “sincere condolences” in a statement about the dealth of Queen Elizabeth II, saying he and former first lady Melania “will always cherish our time together with the Queen.”

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Royal family members pay tribute

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Senior members of the royal family are paying tribute to Queen Elizabeth II.

Following her death, social media accounts for Prince William, Kate Middleton, King Charles, and Camilla, the queen consort, retweeted the statement initially shared via the official account for the royal family, which has over 1.2 million likes as of Thursday.

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King Charles III is the oldest person to become king in British history at age 73

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King Charles III has now become the oldest person in British history to be king — at age 73.

The last time that the United Kingdom saw a change in leadership was 70 years ago when the Queen took over after King George’s death. The previous oldest king in British history dates back to 1830 when King William IV ascended the throne at 64 years old.

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King Charles releases first statement in the wake of Queen Elizabeth’s death

Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, known as the Duke of Rothesay while in Scotland, during a roundtable with attendees of the Natasha Allergy Research Foundation seminar to discuss allergies and the environment, at Dumfries House, Cumnock on September 7, 2022 in Lanark, Scotland.
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King Charles III released a statement — his first as King — in the wake of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II’s, death. 

“The death of my beloved Mother, Her Majesty The Queen, is a moment of the greatest sadness for me and all members of my family,” King Charles wrote in a statement shared by Buckingham Palace on Twitter. 

“We mourn profoundly the passing of a cherished Sovereign and a much-loved mother,” he continued. 

King Charles added that during the mourning period, “my family and I will be comforted and sustained by our knowledge of the respect and deep affection in which The Queen was so widely held.”

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Here’s what will happen at Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral

Queen Elizabeth II smiles on the balcony during Trooping The Colour on June 2, 2022 in London.
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With Queen Elizabeth’s death, preparations now turn to her funeral.

Buckingham Palace has spent decades preparing for the Queen’s death, ensuring the transition to a new monarch goes as smoothly as possible.

Part of these preparations included planning the Queen’s funeral, which will not take place until 10 to 12 days after her death, as Insider previously reported.

The funeral will be a bank holiday in the UK.

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Prince Charles becomes King

Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, at Sandringham on July 27, 2022.
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The Queen’s eldest son, Charles, has automatically ascended to the throne since the Queen’s death.

Charles will have a coronation around a year after her death, as Insider previously reported.

Here’s how the British monarchy will change:

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UK’s national anthem will now change following Queen Elizabeth’s death

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The lyrics to the United Kingdom’s national anthem will now change following the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

Her oldest son, Prince Charles, is taking the throne, so the lyrics to “God Save the Queen” are changing to “God Save the King.”

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When Queen Elizabeth met President Trump

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II hosted US President Donald Trump and the US First Lady at Buckingham Palace on June 3, 2019.
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Queen Elizabeth II met with every US president who served during her life, except Lyndon B. Johnson.

The Queen’s meetings with President Donald Trump, in 2018 and again in 2019, were surely the most unusual. 

Trump had become so politically toxic that his first state visit to Britain was downgraded to a working visit. This meant no pomp, no pageantry, and no ballroom banquet hosted by the Queen.

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Queen Elizabeth II is dead at 96, bringing her unprecedented 70-year reign to a close

Queen Elizabeth II on June 24, 2015.
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Queen Elizabeth II has died.

Buckingham Palace announced that the 96-year-old British monarch had died on Thursday.

“The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon,” the Royal Family announced. “The King and The Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral this evening and will return to London tomorrow.”

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UK Parliament staffers are rushing to get black ties as Queen’s doctors are ‘concerned’ for her health: reporter

Members of the public outside the gates of Buckingham Palace on September 8, 2022 in London, England.
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After Buckingham Palace announced that doctors were concerned about Queen Elizabeth II’s health on Thursday, staffers in Parliament rushed out to get black ties for members, Telegraph reporter Camilla Turner reported

The precaution came as Turner described the mood in Parliament as “somber.” Royal family members — including the Queen’s children and grandchildren — have traveled to Balmoral in Scotland to be by the Queen’s side. 

The tone was matched on the BBC, which suspended its regular programming until 6 p.m. local time to focus on coverage of the Queen’s health.

The network’s broadcasters have also been wearing black, although representatives wouldn’t comment on whether the outfit changes were tied to the Queen’s health. 

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Prince Charles, Prince Andrew, and Queen’s grandchildren are in Scotland to be with her: BBC

Prince Charles, the Queen, Prince Louis, the Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Charlotte, Prince George, and the Duke of Cambridge.
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Members of the royal family are arriving in Scotland to be with the Queen after it was announced that the 96-year-old is under medical supervision at her residence at Balmoral. 

A plane carrying seven members of the royal household arrived in Aberdeen just before 4:00 p.m. local time, BBC News reported in a broadcast. 

According to BBC, Prince William, Prince Andrew, Prince Edward, and Sophie Wess3x were on the plane. 

Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles have been with the Queen since the palace announced her medical supervision earlier Thursday. 

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are also traveling to Scotland.

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Operation London Bridge: What happens if the Queen dies

Queen Elizabeth II, 96, has been on the throne for 70 years and is the longest-reigning monarch in British history.

If she dies, Operation London Bridge would activate, kicking off a series of changes for a British population that has largely only known one monarch.

The national anthem, passports, police uniforms, and even money will need to be updated.

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Liz Truss, who just met the Queen to become Prime Minister, says her thoughts are with Her Majesty amid health concerns

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II and new Conservative Party leader and Britain’s Prime Minister-elect Liz Truss meet at Balmoral Castle in Ballater, Scotland, on September 6, 2022, where the Queen invited Truss to form a Government.
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The UK’s new prime minister, Liz Truss, said on Thursday that Queen Elizabeth II is in her thoughts as the royal leader is under medical supervision in Scotland.

In a statement shared on Twitter shortly after 12:30 p.m. local time, Truss said the “whole country will be deeply concerned by the news from Buckingham Palace this lunchtime.”

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

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The Queen’s doctors are ‘concerned’ for the 96-year-old monarch’s health, palace says

Queen Elizabeth II smiles on the balcony during Trooping The Colour on June 2, 2022 in London.
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Queen Elizabeth II‘s doctors are concerned for Her Majesty’s health, a Buckingham Palace spokesperson has said in a statement. 

“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 spokesperson said in the statement sent to Insider.

“The Queen remains comfortable and at Balmoral,” they added.

The palace didn’t give further information regarding Her Majesty’s condition. However, royal author Omid Scobie wrote on Twitter that immediate family members have been informed.

Meanwhile, royal correspondent Roya Nikkhah shared a statement from Clarence House on Twitter, stating that Prince Charles and Camilla have traveled to the Queen’s Balmoral estate in Scotland, where she is being supervised by doctors.

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