By Guy Chapman – Navarro County Gazette

Queen Elizabeth II, Britain’s longest-reigning monarch, died today after 70 years on the throne. She was 96.

The Queen passed away at Balmural Castle, her summer residence in Scotland, after her health reportedly took a turn for the worse.

Her son Charles, former Prince of Wales and now King, automatically becomes monarch at age 73, though the actual coronation may not take place for months.

According to the Associated Press, “the BBC played the national anthem, ‘God Save the Queen,’ over a portrait of her in full regalia as her death was announced, and the flag over Buckingham Palace was lowered to half-staff as the second Elizabethan age came to a close.”

A 10-day plan, dubbed “Operation London Bridge,” would take place leading up to the Queen’s funeral. The plan maps out in detail what will happen in the first 10 days after her death. Since the Queen died in Scotland, a similar plan, titled “Operation Unicorn” is currently underway.

More information will be provided as updates become available.

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