According to Buckingham Palace, Queen Elizabeth II had died. She was 96-year-old and reigned for 70 years, making her the longest-serving monarch in U.K. history. She was being observed by doctors at Balmoral Castle in Scotland when she passed.
Just a reminder that Queen Elizabeth has reigned for 30% of U.S. history.— Matt Glassman (@MattGlassman312) September 8, 2022
There has been no confirmed cause of death. However, Her Majesty had contracted Covid-19 in February, and her health had been in steady decline since then.
Heir to the throne, Prince Charles will now take over as King.
Liza Minnelli has outlived Queen Elizabeth II, the greatest monarch of all time. pic.twitter.com/tKx2xTyNsV— LizaMinnelliOutlives (@LiZaOutlives) September 8, 2022
*Queen Elizabeth II dies*— epik (@NotEpiKGamer420) September 8, 2022
The Wikipedia page editor who waited 1 billion years to change every verb to past tense: pic.twitter.com/LZ4HD3Zb1S
And of course, the internet had plenty to say about her passing. If there's one thing the internet knows best, it's that it's never too soon to start creating memes.
princess diana getting ready to greet queen elizabeth ii in the after life pic.twitter.com/w1mcFsDgZG— melisa spencer (@ivebeenexiled) September 8, 2022
i'm sorry, queen elizabeth ii can't come to the phone right now. why? oh, 'cause she's dead!— reputation lyrics bot (@replyricsbot) September 8, 202
princess diana when she sees queen elizabeth ii in the afterlife pic.twitter.com/3y4nMD4Zp7— Out of Context Pokemon (@OoCPokemon) September 8, 2022
Me showing up for the Queen Elizabeth II funeral pic.twitter.com/h5Q2GskXkw— kitzzy noodle ✧.* (@babybluedevil_) September 8, 2022
As the world reacts to the news, here's what Buckingham Palace had to say.
The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon.— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) September 8, 2022
The King and The Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral this evening and will return to London tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/VfxpXro22W