Guwahati: Queen Elizabeth II, who was “under medical supervision”, passed away at Balmoral, Buckingham Palace said on Thursday. She was 96 years old.
The eldest of Queen Elizabeth II’s four children and former Prince of Wales, Charles, becomes king immediately at the age of 73.
Following the announcement of her passing by Buckingham Palace, the country observed 10 days of national mourning and paid tributes to her long life and record-breaking reign.
In a statement, Buckingham Palace said, “The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon.”
“The King and the Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral this evening and will return to London tomorrow,” it added.
In 1952, Queen Elizabeth II came to the throne and reigned for 70 years.
Several world leaders have expressed their condolences over Queen’s passing and referred to it as a “irreparable loss.”
Taking to Twitter, India Prime Minister Narendra Nodi wrote, “Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will be remembered as a stalwart of our times. She provided inspiring leadership to her nation and people. She personified dignity and decency in public life. Pained by her demise. My thoughts are with her family and the people of UK in this sad hour.”
“I had memorable meetings with Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II during my UK visits in 2015 and 2018. I will never forget her warmth and kindness. During one of the meetings she showed me the handkerchief Mahatma Gandhi gifted her on her wedding. I will always cherish that gesture”, Modi tweeted.