Queen Elizabeth passes away

Queen Elizabeth II. Photo courtesy of Joel Rouse/British Ministry of Defence via Wikipedia/nagualdesign

Queen Elizabeth has died at the age of 96.

The announcement was made Thursday afternoon.

Royal family members had gathered at her side on Thursday after doctors at Balmoral Castle became concerned for her health.

Buckingham Palace released a statement Thursday morning saying, “The Queen’s doctors are concerned for Her Majesty’s health and have recommended she remain under medical supervision.”  It added she was resting comfortably.

Hours later, the announcement of her passing was made.

“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,” a statement from King Charles read. “We mourn profoundly the passing of a cherished Sovereign and a much loved Mother. I know her loss will be deeply felt across the country, the Realms and the Commonwealth, and by countless people around the world. During the period of mourning and change, my family and i will be comforted and sustained by our knowledge or the respect and deep affection in which The Queen was so widely held.”

Politicians in Canada expressed their sympathies to the Royal Family and remarked on the impact she had on this country and its people.

“It was with the heaviest of hearts that we learned of the passing of Canada’s longest-reigning sovereign, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II,” Prime Minister Trudeau said in a released statement. “She was a constant presence in our lives — and her service to Canadians will forever remain an important part of our country’s history.”

Premier Doug Ford said he joined all Ontarians in commemorating her “remarkable” life.

“Throughout her historic reign, she taught us the true meaning of selfless service and was respected and admired for her sense of duty and commitment to charity,” he said. “Even with her many responsibilities, the Queen always held a special place in her heart for Canada.”

Queen Elizabeth ascended to the Throne on February 6, 1952 after the death of her father, King George VI. Her reign lasted 70 years and seven months, the longest of any British Monarch.

The BBC reported the Queen had excused herself from a virtual meeting with the Privy Council on Wednesday after doctors advised her to rest.

On Tuesday, she was photographed with the new British Prime Minister, Liz Truss, at Balmoral.

Just over a year ago, the Queen’s Husband, Prince Phillip died at the age of 99.