Queen Elizabeth II, Britain’s longest-reigning monarch, dies at 96

Queen Elizabeth II, the longest reigning monarch in British history, died Thursday at age 96, after she was placed under medical supervision for failing health.

The Royal Family announced her death, saying the queen “died peacefully” at Balmoral Castle in Scotland.

As head of state for the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, her 70-year reign spanned more than a dozen U.S. presidents and nine popes. Her life stretched from Model T cars to self-driving cars.

In honor of the queen’s life, Arizona PBS is adding “Queen Elizabeth: A Royal Life – A PBS NewsHour Special” to our broadcast schedule at the following times:

  • Thursday, Sept. 8 at 8 p.m.
  • Friday, Sept. 9 at 11 p.m.
  • Saturday, Sept. 10 at 6 p.m.
  • Sunday, Sept. 11 at 11 a.m.

The special will be paired with “Real Prince Philip: A Royal Officer” at the following times:

  • Thursday, Sept. 8 at 9 p.m.
  • Sunday, Sept. 11 at 10 a.m.

Read the full obituary from PBS NewsHour or explore related content from PBS.

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