LONDON, UK (EETV) - Queen Elizabeth II, the UK’s second-longest serving monarch, died at the age of 96 in Scotland at Balmoral Castle. 

This morning, it was reported that members of the former queen’s family traveled to visit her after receiving news of her deteriorating health. 

The queen took the throne in 1953 at 25 years old and reigned for the rest of her life. She reigned for 70 years and 127 days, second only to Louis XIV of France who began his rule at four years old. 

Charles, the Prince of Wales, will lead the country as the new king. Charles is 74 years old and the longest-serving heir in British history. He became Britain’s heir at four years old when his mother became queen. He is the son of the queen and Prince Philip, and the eldest of four children.