This news had been feared for several months. The numerous absences of Queen Elizabeth II during official events had betrayed an increasingly fragile state of health of the British sovereign. If Buckingham Palace had done everything to reassure, the British (and the whole world) had prepared for the worst.
A concern that had grown on Thursday when the Queen had been placed under medical supervision in his castle of Balmoral in Scotland.
Unfortunately, we learned that the Queen of England has finally died at the age of 96 years.
Since a night in hospital nearly a year ago for tests that were never specified, the queen, whose health was declining, had been increasingly rare. On Tuesday, the Queen made Liz Truss official as Prime Minister, her 15th head of government in her 70-year reign. She had decided to stay at Balmoral instead of returning to London where the transition usually takes place because of her health problems.
Images released by the palace showed the sovereign smiling and leaning on a cane, shaking hands with the new leader.
On Wednesday evening, the palace announced that the queen had postponed an online meeting after her doctors advised her to rest.
For months, she has been delegating an increasing number of her duties to her son Charles, who in May delivered the Speech from the Throne in Parliament for the first time, one of her key constitutional functions.
At the beginning of June, the British celebrated the 70th anniversary of the reign of Elizabeth II, the world's oldest reigning monarch, for four days. She was virtually absent from the platinum jubilee, appearing only twice briefly on the balcony of Buckingham Palace before tens of thousands of people.
A few weeks later, however, she made several public appearances in Scotland, appearing smiling and carrying a cane at an armed forces parade in Edinburgh in late June.