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Queen Elizabeth dies at 96 — palace

By AFP - Sep 08,2022 - Last updated at Sep 08,2022

In this file photo taken on June 5, 2012 Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (centre) leaves the balcony as Prince Charles, Prince of Wales (2nd left), and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, (left), Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, (right) flank her at Buckingham Palace on the final ceremonial day of the Queens Diamond Jubilee celebrations in London (AFP photo)

LONDON — Queen Elizabeth II, the longest-serving monarch in British history and an icon instantly recognisable to billions of people around the world, has died aged 96, Buckingham Palace said on Thursday.

Her eldest son, Charles, 73, succeeds as king immediately, according to centuries of protocol, beginning a new, less certain chapter for the royal family after the queen's record-breaking 70-year reign. 



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