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Queen Mourned Globally as a Stabilizing Force in Tumultuous Age

  • Longest-serving British monarch reigned for 70 years
  • Queen’s death announced Thursday from Buckingham Palace
Queen Elizabeth II 

Queen Elizabeth II 

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The death of Queen Elizabeth II prompted an outpouring of condolences from global leaders, many noting that her long reign provided constancy to a world beset by wars, a pandemic and other crises.

US President Joe Biden said she “defined an era.”