UK QUEEN ELIZABETH – Queen Elizabeth II, the UK’s longest reigning monarch, dies at 96

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Queen Elizabeth II has died at the age of 96, Buckingham Palace said Thursday.

Her death means her eldest son Prince Charles is the new king and head of state for the United Kingdom and 13 Commonwealth nations.

Charles will remain at Balmoral Castle with his wife, Queen consort Camilla, before returning to London on Friday, a statement by the Palace said.