The monarch reigned for 70 years. Here's a look at her life and service.
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Queen Elizabeth II, the world’s second-longest reigning monarch, died Thursday at the age of 96.

“The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon,” Buckingham Palace announced on Thursday. “The King and The Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral this evening and will return to London tomorrow.”

Prince Charles immediately became King Charles following the death of his mother.

The monarch, who was a symbol of humility and duty above all, reigned for 70 years, the longest in British history.

Take a look at her life and service:

Elizabeth, Duchess of York, holds her baby daughter Princess Elizabeth, the future Queen Elizabeth II. The future queen was born in 1926.
Elizabeth, Duchess of York, holds her baby daughter Princess Elizabeth, the future Queen Elizabeth II. The future queen was born in 1926.
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Princess Elizabeth at St Paul's Walden Bury in 1927.
Princess Elizabeth at St Paul's Walden Bury in 1927.
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Princess Elizabeth at age 2 in 1928.
Princess Elizabeth at age 2 in 1928.
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The Duke and Duchess of York with Princess Elizabeth in 1928.
The Duke and Duchess of York with Princess Elizabeth in 1928.
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Princess Elizabeth, circa 1929, at about 3 years old.
Princess Elizabeth, circa 1929, at about 3 years old.
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Princess Elizabeth in an image from a family album taken in 1929 to 1930.
Princess Elizabeth in an image from a family album taken in 1929 to 1930.
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Princess Elizabeth walks in to visit the Royal Tournament at Olympia in 1932.
Princess Elizabeth walks in to visit the Royal Tournament at Olympia in 1932.
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Prince Edward and Princess Elizabeth returning from Crathie Church in Balmoral, Scotland, in 1933.
Prince Edward and Princess Elizabeth returning from Crathie Church in Balmoral, Scotland, in 1933.
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Princess Elizabeth at age 9 in 1935.
Princess Elizabeth at age 9 in 1935.
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Princess Elizabeth in an elegant winter coat in a photo circa 1935.
Princess Elizabeth in an elegant winter coat in a photo circa 1935.
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Princess Elizabeth and her younger sister, Princess Margaret, petting a corgi in 1936.
Princess Elizabeth and her younger sister, Princess Margaret, petting a corgi in 1936.
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Princess Elizabeth with two corgi dogs at her home at 145 Piccadilly, London, in 1936.
Princess Elizabeth with two corgi dogs at her home at 145 Piccadilly, London, in 1936.
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Princess Elizabeth at age 11 in 1937.
Princess Elizabeth at age 11 in 1937.
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Princess Elizabeth being greeted by an official.
Princess Elizabeth being greeted by an official.
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Princess Elizabeth visiting Bekonscot, a model village and railway.
Princess Elizabeth visiting Bekonscot, a model village and railway.
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Princess Elizabeth seen in the Royal Box at the Aldershot Tattoo in 1938.
Princess Elizabeth seen in the Royal Box at the Aldershot Tattoo in 1938.
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Princess Elizabeth at Windsor Castle in 1940.
Princess Elizabeth at Windsor Castle in 1940.
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A 1940 photo of the royal family at the Royal Lodge in Windsor.
A 1940 photo of the royal family at the Royal Lodge in Windsor.
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Princess Elizabeth playing a piano at Windsor Castle in 1940.
Princess Elizabeth playing a piano at Windsor Castle in 1940.
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Princess Elizabeth on the grounds of Windsor Castle in 1941.
Princess Elizabeth on the grounds of Windsor Castle in 1941.
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Princess Elizabeth writing at her desk in Windsor Castle in 1944.
Princess Elizabeth writing at her desk in Windsor Castle in 1944.
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Princess Elizabeth as a junior commander in the Auxiliary Territorial Service circa 1945.
Princess Elizabeth as a junior commander in the Auxiliary Territorial Service circa 1945.
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Princess Elizabeth represents the King at colorful trooping ceremony.
Princess Elizabeth represents the King at colorful trooping ceremony.
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Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh at Buckingham Palace shortly before their wedding in 1947.
Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh at Buckingham Palace shortly before their wedding in 1947.
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Princess Elizabeth and The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh during their honeymoon in 1947.
Princess Elizabeth and The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh during their honeymoon in 1947.
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Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh wave at the crowds from the balcony at Buckingham Palace after Elizabeth's coronation in June 1953.
Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh wave at the crowds from the balcony at Buckingham Palace after Elizabeth's coronation in June 1953.
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Queen Elizabeth II at the premiere of "Because You're Mine."
Queen Elizabeth II at the premiere of "Because You're Mine."
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Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip leave a banquet during their Commonwealth visit to Australia in 1954.
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip leave a banquet during their Commonwealth visit to Australia in 1954.
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Queen Elizabeth II wearing her family's orders and orders of her kingdom on the sash over her shoulder, along with several items of family jewelry.
Queen Elizabeth II wearing her family's orders and orders of her kingdom on the sash over her shoulder, along with several items of family jewelry.
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Queen Elizabeth II in an undated image.
Queen Elizabeth II in an undated image.
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Queen Elizabeth II with her son Prince Charles.
Queen Elizabeth II with her son Prince Charles.
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Queen Elizabeth II driving a Daimler saloon car with Prince Charles and Princess Anne as passengers, circa 1957.
Queen Elizabeth II driving a Daimler saloon car with Prince Charles and Princess Anne as passengers, circa 1957.
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Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and their children at Windsor on the Queen's 39th birthday in April 1965.
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and their children at Windsor on the Queen's 39th birthday in April 1965.
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Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Anne in 1967.
Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Anne in 1967.
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Queen Elizabeth II with one of her corgis at Sandringham in 1970.
Queen Elizabeth II with one of her corgis at Sandringham in 1970.
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Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip at Balmoral, Scotland, in 1972.
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip at Balmoral, Scotland, in 1972.
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Queen Elizabeth II steps into a puddle during her visit to New Zealand in 1977.
Queen Elizabeth II steps into a puddle during her visit to New Zealand in 1977.
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The Princess of Wales and the Queen attend the Opening of Parliament in London in November 1982.
The Princess of Wales and the Queen attend the Opening of Parliament in London in November 1982.
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Queen Elizabeth II takes photos of her husband at the Windsor Horse Show on May 16, 1982.
Queen Elizabeth II takes photos of her husband at the Windsor Horse Show on May 16, 1982.
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Queen Elizabeth II meets British Airways dignitaries during a visit to Heathrow Airport in 2004 to mark the 10th anniversary of UNICEF and British Airways' Change for Good program.
Queen Elizabeth II meets British Airways dignitaries during a visit to Heathrow Airport in 2004 to mark the 10th anniversary of UNICEF and British Airways' Change for Good program.
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Queen Elizabeth II leaves the Palace of Westminster after the State Opening of Parliament in London on Nov. 15, 2006.
Queen Elizabeth II leaves the Palace of Westminster after the State Opening of Parliament in London on Nov. 15, 2006.
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A photo released Nov. 18, 2007, shows Queen Elizabeth II and her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, at Broadlands, Hampshire, earlier in the year.
A photo released Nov. 18, 2007, shows Queen Elizabeth II and her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, at Broadlands, Hampshire, earlier in the year.
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Queen Elizabeth II returns to Buckingham Palace in central London after addressing Parliament during the official State Opening of Parliament ceremony at Westminster, on November 18, 2009.
Queen Elizabeth II returns to Buckingham Palace in central London after addressing Parliament during the official State Opening of Parliament ceremony at Westminster, on November 18, 2009.
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Queen Elizabeth II holds on to her hat in high winds as she arrives for a visit to RAF Valley in Anglesey, Wales on April 1, 2011.
Queen Elizabeth II holds on to her hat in high winds as she arrives for a visit to RAF Valley in Anglesey, Wales on April 1, 2011.
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The Duchess of Cambridge and Queen Elizabeth II watch part of a children's sports event on their visit to Vernon Park in Nottingham on June 13, 2012.
The Duchess of Cambridge and Queen Elizabeth II watch part of a children's sports event on their visit to Vernon Park in Nottingham on June 13, 2012.
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Queen Elizabeth II delivers the Queen's Speech from the Throne in the House of Lords next to Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh on June 4, 2014.
Queen Elizabeth II delivers the Queen's Speech from the Throne in the House of Lords next to Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh on June 4, 2014.
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Queen Elizabeth II greets guests at a reception for winners of The Queen's Awards for Enterprise 2014 at Buckingham Palace on July 14, 2014.
Queen Elizabeth II greets guests at a reception for winners of The Queen's Awards for Enterprise 2014 at Buckingham Palace on July 14, 2014.
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Queen Elizabeth II travels by carriage after the Most Noble Order of the Garter Ceremony on June 16, 2014 in Windsor, England.
Queen Elizabeth II travels by carriage after the Most Noble Order of the Garter Ceremony on June 16, 2014 in Windsor, England.
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Queen Elizabeth II and husband Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, visit the Tower of London's poppy installation on October 16, 2014.
Queen Elizabeth II and husband Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, visit the Tower of London's poppy installation on October 16, 2014.
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Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and Queen Elizabeth II prepare to leave the Houses of Parliament after the State Opening of Parliament on May 18, 2016.
Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and Queen Elizabeth II prepare to leave the Houses of Parliament after the State Opening of Parliament on May 18, 2016.
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Queen Elizabeth II walks through The Queen's Diamond Jubilee Galleries at Westminster Abbey in London on June 8, 2018.
Queen Elizabeth II walks through The Queen's Diamond Jubilee Galleries at Westminster Abbey in London on June 8, 2018.
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Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Queen Elizabeth II attend a ceremony to open the new Mersey Gateway Bridge on June 14, 2018 in Widnes, England.
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Queen Elizabeth II attend a ceremony to open the new Mersey Gateway Bridge on June 14, 2018 in Widnes, England.
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Queen Elizabeth II visits Watergate House to mark the centenary of GCHQ (Government Communications Headquarters), the UK's Intelligence, Security and Cyber Agency on February 14, 2019 in London.
Queen Elizabeth II visits Watergate House to mark the centenary of GCHQ (Government Communications Headquarters), the UK's Intelligence, Security and Cyber Agency on February 14, 2019 in London.
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Schoolchildren wave Union flags as Queen Elizabeth II leaves St Paul's Cathedral in London on June 21, 2011.
Schoolchildren wave Union flags as Queen Elizabeth II leaves St Paul's Cathedral in London on June 21, 2011.
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Britain's Queen Elizabeth waves to Pope Francis at the end of their meeting at the Vatican on April 3, 2014.
Britain's Queen Elizabeth waves to Pope Francis at the end of their meeting at the Vatican on April 3, 2014.
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Queen Elizabeth II looks at the view out of a window during a visit to reopen Canada House on Feb. 19, 2015.
Queen Elizabeth II looks at the view out of a window during a visit to reopen Canada House on Feb. 19, 2015.
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Queen Elizabeth II travels on a train pulled by the steam locomotive 'Union of South Africa' between engagements in Scotland on Sept. 9, 2015.
Queen Elizabeth II travels on a train pulled by the steam locomotive 'Union of South Africa' between engagements in Scotland on Sept. 9, 2015.
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Queen Elizabeth II, accompanied by Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, waves to well-wishers during a walkabout on her 90th birthday in Windsor on April 21, 2016.
Queen Elizabeth II, accompanied by Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, waves to well-wishers during a walkabout on her 90th birthday in Windsor on April 21, 2016.
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Queen Elizabeth II after attending the Christmas day service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham on Dec. 25, 2018.
Queen Elizabeth II after attending the Christmas day service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham on Dec. 25, 2018.
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Queen Elizabeth II arrives at Royal Air Force base Marham in eastern England on February 3, 2020.
Queen Elizabeth II arrives at Royal Air Force base Marham in eastern England on February 3, 2020.
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Queen Elizabeth II records her annual Christmas broadcast in Windsor Castle in a photo issued Dec. 23, 2021.
Queen Elizabeth II records her annual Christmas broadcast in Windsor Castle in a photo issued Dec. 23, 2021.
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Queen Elizabeth II commemorates Accession Day, marking the start of Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee Year, on February 2, 2022 in Sandringham.
Queen Elizabeth II commemorates Accession Day, marking the start of Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee Year, on February 2, 2022 in Sandringham.
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Queen Elizabeth II is joined by one of her dogs, Candy, as she views a display of memorabilia from her Golden and Platinum Jubilees at Windsor Castle on February 4, 2022.
Queen Elizabeth II is joined by one of her dogs, Candy, as she views a display of memorabilia from her Golden and Platinum Jubilees at Windsor Castle on February 4, 2022.
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Prince Louis of Cambridge holds his ears as he stands next to Queen Elizabeth II to watch a special flypast from Buckingham Palace balcony following the Queen's Birthday Parade on June 2, 2022.
Prince Louis of Cambridge holds his ears as he stands next to Queen Elizabeth II to watch a special flypast from Buckingham Palace balcony following the Queen's Birthday Parade on June 2, 2022.
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