Queen Elizabeth II, the longest-reigning monarch in Britain’s history passed away on Thursday at Balmoral Castle, her summer residence in Scotland, after 70 years on the throne.

She was 96.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

We mourn profoundly the passing of a cherished Sovereign and a much loved Mother.

I know her loss will be deeply felt throughout the country, the Realms and the Commonwealth

who is the oldest person to ever assume the British throne, said in a statement

the queen reigned over a Britain that rebuilt from war and lost its empire; joined the European Union and then left it

She endured through 15 prime ministers, from Winston Churchill to Liz Truss,