Elizabeth II died peacefully Thursday afternoon at Balmoral Castle in Scotland. All four of her children and her grandson Prince William came there to be at her side.
Earlier, Buckingham Palace reported that Queen Elizabeth II is under medical observation because doctors were “concerned for Her Majesty’s health”.
British Prime Minister Liz Truss who was briefed on the news during a speech in the House of Commons – said “the whole country is deeply concerned about the news from Buckingham Palace this lunchtime.”
Liz Truss said the news is “a huge shock to the nation and the world” but the queen’s spirit will endure. “My thoughts and the thoughts of people across the United Kingdom are with Her Majesty the Queen and her family,” she tweeted.
Truss was appointed by the queen just two days ago, becoming the 15th prime minister during Elizabeth’s reign.
Queen Elizabeth was a truck mechanic during WWII
In 1939, many close to the royal family wanted the Queen Mother and her daughters, Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret, to evacuate to Canada.
But the Queen Mother refused, and Princess Elizabeth asked to personally contribute to the war effort.
In March 1945, Elizabeth was made an honorary second subaltern, effectively a second lieutenant. She was the first woman in the royal family to lead an “active women’s service”.
The princess passed the military driving test, learned to read maps, worked as a driver and truck engine mechanic in the army.
This year, Elizabeth celebrated 70 years on the throne. In recent months, she has increasingly handed over duties to her heir, Prince Charles, and other members of the royal family as she found it difficult to move around.