Queen Elizabeth II of England has died at the age of 96

Crowd had gathered at the Buckingham Palace residence in London on Thursday as concern was growing

Around 100 people braved torrential rain to stand at the palace gates, according to AFP, as senior royals rushed to Balmoral in Scotland, where the queen was being treated.

She is being mourned in Britain and across the world. 

The country’s longest-reigning monarch died Thursday at age 96.

Large crowds are expected to gather outside Buckingham Palace in central London, while tributes pour in from across the country and the world. 

Few Britons have known another monarch, so the end of Elizabeth’s reign after more than 70 years will thrust the royal family — and Britain — into days of mourning and an uncertain new era. 


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