Queen Elizabeth II, owner of the second longest reign in history, died

on Thursday, 8, at the age of 96, at Balmoral Castle, her estate in Scotland. 

The queen was the UK's longest reigning monarch, having reigned for 70 years.

Born in 1926, Princess Elizabeth became Queen after the death of her father, King George VI, in 1952.

With the death of the monarch, Prince Charles, heir to the throne

since the age of 3, will be officially proclaimed king at St. James' Palace in London.

The place of first in line of succession to the throne will now be occupied

by Prince William, Elizabeth's grandson. As heir to the throne

his main duties are to support the king in his royal engagements.