Queen Elizabeth II Dies at 96
Queen Elizabeth II has died at Balmoral Castle, her summer home in Scotland, at the age of 96. She spent 70 years on the throne. Elizabeth’s doctors said earlier Thursday that they were “concerned for Her Majesty’s health” and that she was “resting comfortably” at Balmoral Castle under medical supervision.
She died “peacefully” Thursday afternoon, Buckingham Palace said in a statement.
King Charles III and the Queen Consort went to Balmoral this morning and Buckingham Palace says they will remain there and return to London tomorrow.
Queen Elizabeth was preceded in death by her husband, Prince Philip, who spent more than seven decades supporting the queen. The Duke of Edinburgh, Britain’s longest-serving consort, died in April 2021 at age 99. Elizabeth and Philip were married for more than 70 years and had four children: Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward.
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Delmarva elected officials are offering their condolences and reactions.
Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, R- Md.
“Marylanders join the nation and the world in mourning the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II—an iconic and beloved leader whose long life of service commands immeasurable respect and admiration. She touched many lives, and many hearts too.
“The Queen took great care over the last seven decades to deepen the meaning of the Special Relationship between the United States and Great Britain. Maryland was proud to welcome Her Majesty during her first state visit to our country in 1957, and again during her last state visit here in 2007.
“The First Lady and I send our condolences to the Royal Family and to the British people.”
Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin, R-Va.
“Today, we sadly mourn the loss of a transcendent leader, Queen Elizabeth II, who admirably presided over the United Kingdom for over 70 years and was deeply beloved by her people. Throughout her reign, she showed steadfast compassion towards the United States during trying times, especially following the September 11th attacks. Virginians fondly remember Queen Elizabeth II’s many visits to the Commonwealth of Virginia including in 1957 for the Jamestown anniversary, 1976 for the U.S. Bicentennial celebration and 1991 to Arlington National Cemetery. Her most recent trip in 2007 when she visited the Virginia General Assembly in Richmond, Jamestown’s 400th anniversary celebration, and Virginia Tech was a particularly important part of Virginia’s history. As governor, the Queen’s consistent tenderness for the Commonwealth and Virginians will never be forgotten.”
U.S. Senator Chris Coons, D-Del.
“Queen Elizabeth II was a symbol of resilience, fortitude, and the indomitable British spirit. Her reign as monarch – the longest ever in British history – oversaw profound changes in British society and around the world. She has strengthened the special relationship between our two nations based on our shared history and values throughout her 70 years on the throne.
“I extend my sympathies to the members of the Royal Family, and all of the British people, on the passing of their sovereign.”
Delaware Governor John Carney, D-Del. has ordered that U.S and Delaware flags fly at half-staff at state buildings and facilities until sunset on the day of interment in honor of Queen Elizabeth II.