Queen Elizabeth 11dead at 96

Queen Elizabeth II has died aged 96, Buckingham Palace said.

“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,” the palace said in a statement.

“Flags across the U.K. were lowered to half-mast ahead of a national minute’s silence and the start of an official period of mourning.”

Her eldest son Charles is expected to soon address the nation as king for the first time, with a coronation ceremony taking place at a later date.

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Liz Truss to be Britain’s next prime minister

Liz Truss will be the next prime minister of the U.K. after comfortably seeing off rival Rishi Sunak in the race to lead the governing Conservative Party.

Truss, currently the U.K’s foreign secretary, won 81,326 votes from Conservative members versus 60,399 for Sunak, the former chancellor who quit over his differences with Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

Truss will fly to Balmoral, the queen’s Highland estate, on Tuesday to be officially sworn in as prime minister before choosing her new Cabinet.

The incoming prime minister is expected to announce a bailout package within a week of taking office in a bid to help households and businesses trying to cope with soaring inflation and rising energy bills.

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