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USATODAY - The longest-ever reign of Queen Elizabeth II has officially come to an end as Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor has just passed away at the age of 96. The palace issued a black-bordered statement about 6.30 p.m. local time: "The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon. The King and The Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral this evening and will return to London tomorrow." With the Queen's passing, her eldest son and heir, Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, 73, immediately became King Charles III. "The death of my beloved Mother, Her Majesty The Queen, is a moment of the greatest sadness for me and all members of my family," a black-bordered statement from "His Majesty the King" read. "We mourn profoundly the passing of a cherished Sovereign and a much-loved Mother. I know her loss will be deeply felt throughout the country, the Realms and the Commonwealth, and by countless people around the world."
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