The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon, Thursday 8 September 2022.
The announcement was made as the flag lowered on Buckingham Palace at 6:30pm.
She was 96, the longest-serving monarch in British history.
The Queen’s family gathered at her Scottish estate after concerns grew about her health.
Her eldest son Charles, at the age of 73, is now King. He and The Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral this evening and will return to London tomorrow.
Queen Elizabeth became head of state when she was just 25, after the death of her father, King George VI.
Her reign spanned 15 prime ministers starting with Winston Churchill, born in 1874, and including Liz Truss, born 101 years later in 1975, and only appointed by the Queen on Tuesday.
Crowds began to gather at Buckingham Palace and at her Windsor Castle home as they heard of her death.
Published Thursday 8 September 2022