Elizabeth II, the longest-reigning monarch in British history, has died at the age of 96.Image Credit: Google
A statement from Buckingham Palace said she "passed away peacefully" at Windsor Castle on Friday morning.Image Credit: Google
The queen's son Prince Charles is now the heir to the throne.Image Credit: Google
Elizabeth II became queen in 1952, when her father King George VI died.Image Credit: Google
She has since overseen the UK's transformation from a leading world power to a more humble role on the international stage.Image Credit: Google
During her long reign, she has seen 12 Prime Ministers come and go, and welcomed millions of visitors to Britain.Image Credit: Google
She is also the world's oldest and longest-serving monarch, and the only British monarch to have celebrated a diamond jubilee.Image Credit: Google
Elizabeth II was born in 1926, the first child of the Duke and Duchess of York.Image Credit: Google
She became heir to the throne when her father ascended to the throne in 1936, following the abdication of her uncle, King Edward VIII.
She married Prince Philip in 1947, and they have four children: Charles, Anne, Andrew and Edward.
The queen has spent her life in service to the UK and the Commonwealth.
She is known for her stoicism and sense of duty, and has rarely been seen without a smile.