Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II dies aged 96 at Balmoral

There will be no play at the BMW PGA Championship on Friday as Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the UK's longest-serving monarch, has died at the age of 96 at Balmoral.

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Thu, 8 Sep 2022
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II dies aged 96, play suspended at Wentworth

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II died at the age of 96 at Balmoral. Her family gathered at the estate when concerns about her health emerged.

The Queen came to the throne in 1952 and she was regarded as the greatest serving monarch the world has seen. Her eldest son Charles will become the new King and head of state.

"The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon," Buckingham Palace said in a statement earlier this afternoon.

"The King and the Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral this evening and will return to London tomorrow."

All of The Queen's children were present at Balmoral as well as Prince William. Her incredible reign saw 15 prime ministers which started with Winston Churchill and included Lizz Truss who became the country's leader earlier this week.

The Queen was born in 1926 and became the heir to the throne when her father became King George VI, following the abdication of her uncle Edward VIII.

The Queen oversaw large periods of social change and her tenure saw post-war austerity, the end of the Cold War and the UK's entry into and withdrawal from the European Union.

At Buckingham Palace, crowds awaited further news regarding The Queen with some people crying as they heard of her death.

Tributes from the golf world have poured in. The R&A has also released a statement as well as many other figures from the sport.

The DP World Tour has announced that play has been suspended at the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth on the day of the first round and there will be no play on Friday.