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EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - JULY 01: Queen Elizabeth II smiles during a visit to the Edinburgh Climate Change Institute, as part of her traditional trip to Scotland for Holyrood Week on July 1, 2021 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Jane Barlow - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Queen Elizabeth II died peacefully at Balmoral castle in Scotland on Thursday (September 8), the Royal Family confirmed on Twitter. They tweeted,  “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.”

In recent years, the Queen, 96, has suffered a handful of health-related episodes, according to CNN.  Those include knee issues in 2003, removing a torn cartilage in her left knee and surgery on her right. Ten years later, the monarch was hospitalized to be treated for gastroenteritis, a common stomach bug. She sprained her back in May of 2021, missing the Remembrance Sunday service in central London. In October of that same year, she spent a night at a hospital while undergoing “preliminary investigations,” the Palace said at the time.

Earlier this year in February, the Queen contracted Covid-19 and suffered mild cold-like symptoms, so she was able to continue with light duties. Since her Covid-19 diagnosis, the Queen has been forced to more regularly cancel or slim down some events. Marking 70 years on the throne, the Queen didn’t attend all of the celebrations for June’s Platinum Jubilee and missed the state opening of Parliament the previous month due to mobility problems.

Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, is the eldest son of Queen Elizabeth. He is the heir apparent to the throne of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

See photos of Queen Elizabeth II through the years below: