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According to a Buckingham Palace statement, Queen Elizabeth II of Britain " " died peacefully on Thursday. She was 96.

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Just hours after the palace declared that the queen was "concerned" about the state of her health, it announced that her doctors had placed her under "medical supervision at Balmoral Castle, 

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the estate of the British royal family in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. This is where she was vacationing this summer.

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According to their spokespersons, members of the royal family , which included the queen's four kids, quickly gathered at Balmoral. That afternoon, she died.

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Charles, her eldest son and Prince of Wales will succeed his mother to the British throne. 

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Elizabeth was Britain's longest-reigning monarch. In 1952, she was elected to the throne. In June celebrated her Platinum Jubilee which marked 70 years of her reign as queen. 

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Charles' wife Camilla, Duchess de Cornwall, will be known as queen consort.