Queen Elizabeth II smiles from the balcony of Buckingham Palace on June 2, 2022, on the first of four days of celebrations to mark the Platinum Jubilee celebrating the monarch’s 70 years of service. (Jonathan Brady/Pool Photo via AP)

Queen Elizabeth II died September 8 at Balmoral Castle in Scotland. She was 96.

Queen Elizabeth was Britain’s longest-reigning monarch. When she died, church bells tolled. Flags were lowered to half-mast. Mountains of flowers were left outside Buckingham Palace.

From princess to queen

Unlike the governments she served, Queen Elizabeth wasn’t elected. She inherited the throne from her father. The young princess was just 25 when he died.