Friday September 09, 2022

Queen Elizabeth passes away at 96

Queen Elizabeth passes away at 96

Queen Elizabeth waits in the Drawing Room before receiving Britain's new PM Liz Truss for an audience at Balmoral Castle, Scotland, on Tuesday. File / Reuters

Queen Elizabeth II has been placed under medical supervision because doctors are "concerned for Her Majesty's health," Buckingham Palace said on Thursday, as members of the royal family urgently travelled to Scotland to be with the 96-year-old monarch.

The palace declined to provide further details about the seriousness of the queen's condition, but there were other worrying signs as Prime Minister Liz Truss said "the whole country will be deeply concerned by the news" and other politicians expressed their disquiet.

The announcement by the palace came a day after the queen canceled a virtual meeting of her Privy Council when doctors advised her to rest following a full day of events on Tuesday, when she formally asked Truss to become prime minister.