Queen Elizabeth II has died at the age of 96 on Tuesday. The death of the country’s longest-reigning monarch is being mourned in Britain and across the world.
Crowd had gathered at the Buckingham Palace residence in London on Thursday as concern was growing over the Queen’s health.
The Queen was said to have died peacefully.
“The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon,” the royal family said in a statement announcing the news at 6:30 p.m. local time (1:30 p.m. ET).
“The King and The Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral this evening and will return to London tomorrow” the statement read, referring to Elizabeth’s son, Charles, and his wife, Camilla.
The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon.— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) September 8, 2022
The King and The Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral this evening and will return to London tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/VfxpXro22W
Her eldest son, Charles, is now king of the United Kingdom and its Commonwealth realms.
Charles, 73, is the eldest of four children born to the queen and her late husband, Prince Philip, who died last year.
Charles immediately became king upon Elizabeth’s death.