Queen Elizabeth II has died Buckingham Palace confirms

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has died, Buckingham Palace has announced

Elizabeth II, 96, was the nation’s longest-reigning monarch, serving as head of state for more than 70 years.

The Prince of Wales is now King, having acceded to the throne immediately on the death of his mother.

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Buckingham 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.”

Queen Elizabeth II dies aged 96 Buckingham Palace confirms
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The Queen was also the longest-reigning still-serving monarch in the world.

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She mourned the loss of her beloved husband of 73 years, the Duke of Edinburgh, who died aged 99 in April 2021.

A figure of stability in national life, the Queen was head of state, the armed forces, the Commonwealth and the Church of England.

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The majority of the population has known no other monarch.

Britain will enter a period of national mourning, as tributes flood in from around the globe, hailing the Queen’s unwavering commitment to serving her country and the Commonwealth.

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The long-held so-called London Bridge plans for the coming days and the Queen’s state funeral will now be put in place, as will the contingency element Operation Unicorn for a death in Scotland.

The Queen is expected to lie in state in a few days’ time, with her funeral held in Westminster Abbey in central London in around 10 days.

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BBC One played the national anthem following the announcement, showing a photograph of the Queen, followed by a royal crest on a black background and the words Queen Elizabeth II.

The Queen is expected to lie in state in a few days’ time, with her funeral held in Westminster Abbey in central London in around 10 days.

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Alongside her public duties, the Queen was also a mother of four, grandmother to eight and great-grandmother of 12 great-grandchildren, and the royal family is now grieving for its matriarch.

Broadcaster Huw Edwards delivered the news of the Queen’s death live on BBC One.

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After an image of the flag at Buckingham Palace was shown at half mast, he told viewers: “A few moments ago Buckingham Palace announced the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.”

The flags in Downing Street were lowered to half mast at 6.36pm following the Queen’s death.

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Hundreds of people are clamouring to catch a glimpse of the plaque announcing the Queen’s death which officials have displayed on the gates outside Buckingham Palace.

It reads: “The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon.

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“The King and Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral this evening and will return to London tomorrow.”

Police officers are attempting to move the crowd back, but a huge scrum has formed at the front of the royal residence.