LONDON (Fwrd Axis) — Queen Elizabeth II died at age 96 on Thursday afternoon after she was placed under medical supervision, Buckingham Palace said in a statement with doctors concerned about her health.
The queen’s family has flown to Scotland to be by her side, the Palace confirmed.
“Following further evaluation this morning, the Queen’s doctors are concerned for Her Majesty’s health and have recommended she remain under medical supervision,” the palace said in a statement.
The statement added that the Monarch “remained comfortable” at her home in Scotland, where she spends the summer.
Prince Charles, the heir to the throne, and his wife Camilla have traveled to Balmoral while Prince William is also traveling to Scotland. However, Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, will not be making the trip due to her children Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis are on their first full day at their new school.
Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, will also be traveling to Scotland, a spokesperson for the couple said.
The news comes less than 48 hours after the queen appointed Liz Truss as prime minister in Scotland, breaking a more than 70-year tradition of conducting the ceremony at Buckingham Palace.
“My thoughts — and the thoughts of people across our United Kingdom — are with Her Majesty The Queen and her family at this time,” Truss said in a statement on Twitter.
Proceedings in Britain’s Parliament were interrupted by the House of Commons Speaker to break the news of the queen’s health to the rest of the lawmakers.
“I know I speak on behalf of the entire House when I say that we send our best wishes to Her Majesty the Queen and that she and the royal family are in our thoughts and prayers at this moment,” he said.
The queen canceled a meeting with the Privy Council on Wednesday — her formal body of advisers that includes Truss after being advised by doctors to rest.