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Queen Elizabeth II died at Balmoral Castle Thursday, surrounded by her children and grandchildren. She was 96 years old and the United Kingdom’s longest-serving monarch — a 70-year reign. Her husband, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, preceded her in death 16 months earlier.
Elizabeth’s eldest son has succeeded her, a plan agreed to 2018 without requiring an official coronation. King Charles III will return to London Friday.
Born in April 1926, Elizabeth began to undertake public duties during World War II, serving in the Auxiliary Territorial Service. In November 1947, she married Philip Mountbatten, a former prince of Greece and Denmark. The royal couple had four children: Charles; Anne, Princess Royal; Prince Andrew, Duke of York; and Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex.
She ascended to the throne in February 1952, following the death of her father, King George VI.Published in