Queen Elizabeth II, whose reign took Britain from the age of steam to the era of the smartphone, and who oversaw the largely peaceful breakup of an empire that once spanned the globe has died at the age of 96. Read her full obituary here. Her death marks the start of a tumultuous 10 days for the UK that will see a nation – and the rest of the world – mourn its longest-reigning monarch. Within hours, Charles, the eldest of Elizabeth's four children, will be formally proclaimed King Charles III in a ceremony dating back hundreds of years. Having lived most of her life in the public eye, the Queen leaves behind an unparalleled photographic record. Here, in pictures: the life of Queen Elizabeth II.