Her Majesty the Queen, Britain’s longest-reigning monarch, has died aged 96, Buckingham Palace has announced.
In a statement, the Palace said: “The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon. The King and The Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral this evening and will return to London tomorrow.”
The flag at Buckingham Palace was lowered to half mast at 6.30pm as the announcement was made.
Elizabeth II, 96, was the nation’s longest-reigning monarch, serving as head of state for more than 70 years.
Charles, who became King on the death of his mother, issued a statement describing the death of “my beloved Mother, Her Majesty The Queen” as a “moment of the greatest sadness for me and all members of my family”
Queen Elizabeth II – Her Final Year
Queen Elizabeth II smiles while receiving the President of Switzerland Ignazio Cassis and his wife Paola Cassis during an audience at Windsor Castle in Windsor, England, Thursday, April 28, 2022.
Queen Elizabeth II looks at a fan as she views a display of memorabilia from her Golden and Platinum Jubilees in the Oak Room at Windsor Castle.
Queen Elizabeth II is joined by one of her dogs, a Dorgi called Candy, as she views a display of memorabilia from her Golden and Platinum Jubilees in the Oak Room at Windsor Castle.
Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of York arrive at a Service of Thanksgiving for the life of the Duke of Edinburgh, at Westminster Abbey in London.
It is understood that Charles who became the monarch the moment the Queen died under the common law rule Rex Nunquam Moriturb travelled from Dumfries House by helicopter to be with his mother at Balmoral before her passing.
Prime Minister Liz Truss, dressed in black, addressed the nation outside No 10 shortly after 7pm.
She said: “We are all devastated by the news that we have just heard from Balmoral.
“The death of Her Majesty the Queen is a huge shock to the nation and to the world.”
The new prime minister referred to Charles, the new King, as King Charles III, saying: “Today the Crown passes, as it has done for more than a thousand years, to our new monarch, our new head of state, his majesty King Charles III.”
Ms Truss said it was “the passing of the second Elizabethan age” and concluded her address by saying “God save the King”.
Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer described the Queen as a “remarkable sovereign”, adding: “It is a deep, private loss for the royal family and all our thoughts are with them at this time. The nation shares in their grief.
Source: The Evening Standard