Queen Elizabeth II, Britain's Longest Reigning Monarch dies😱

Queen Elizabeth II, whose reign took Britain from the age of steam to the era of the smartphone

 and who oversaw the largely peaceful breakup of an empire that once spanned the globe

Queen Elizabeth II has Died at the age of 96

She died peacefully at her estate in Balmoral, Scotland on the afternoon of Sept. 8

This statement is being made by Buckingham Palace

Elizabeth led the UK through a time of political upheaval

She began her reign as head of an empire, albeit one in decline

By the time of her death, the future of the UK itself was in doubt

with recurrent calls for independence in Scotland and Britain's exit from the European Union leading to renewed tension in Northern Ireland