London, Sept 8: Queen Elizabeth II, the UK’s longest serving monarch, died on Thursday, Buckingham Palace said. She was 96.
“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 (Friday),” the official account of the royal family tweeted.
Elizabeth ascended the throne in 1952. In 2015, she became Britain’s longest-serving monarch, surpassing the record of Queen Victoria who had ruled between 1837-1901.
Numerous condolence messages poured in on Twitter. “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,” tweeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi.