Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the longest-ever reigning monarch of the United Kingdom, has died aged 96.

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai offered his heartfelt condolences to the British royal family minutes after the news was shared by The Royal Family on Twitter.

In his message, Sheikh Mohammed said, “We join the world in mourning the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, a global icon who represented the finest qualities of her nation and people. Her incredible life of service and duty to the United Kingdom is unparalleled in our modern world.”

Buckingham Palace confirmed the heartbreaking news in a statement, this evening.

“The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon,” the statement read. “The King and The Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral this evening and will return to London tomorrow.”

Her Majesty had a monumental life, devoted to the service of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth of Nations.

The Prince of Wales, who is now king, succeeds his late mother as monarch. The late Queen laid out her hopes for the future when she marked her Platinum Jubilee.

The Queen’s reign and influence across the global stage for over seven decades was nothing short of iconic and we hope she may rest in peace.

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