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Queen Elizabeth II. Official portrait taken in 1952.

Queen Elizabeth II. Official portrait taken in 1952.

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Queen Elizabeth II, Britain’s Longest-Reigning Monarch, Dies at 96

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Queen Elizabeth II, whose reign took Britain from the age of steam to the era of the smartphone, and who oversaw the largely peaceful breakup of an empire that once spanned the globe, has died. She was 96.

She died peacefully at her estate in Balmoral, Scotland on the afternoon of Sept. 8, according to a statement from Buckingham Palace.