Buckingham Palace has announce the Queen has died aged 96, “peacefully at Balmoral” on Thursday afternoon.
Buckingham Palace said in statement, “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 was the longest serving monarch in British history.
A message on the official Instagram account of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge 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.”
Former Prime Ministers paid their respects the Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
Former prime minister John Major paid his respects to the Queen, he said, “For 70 years Her Majesty The Queen devoted her life to the service of our nation and its wellbeing.
“In her public duties she was selfless and wise, with a wonderful generosity of spirit. That is how she lived – and how she led.
“For millions of people – across the Commonwealth and the wider world – she embodied the heart and soul of our nation, and was admired and respected around the globe.
“At this moment of deep sadness, I believe we all stand hand in hand with the Royal Family as they grieve the loss of one so loved.
“For we have all lost someone very precious to us and, as we mourn, we should be grateful that we were blessed with such an example of duty and leadership for so very many years.”
Former prime minister Tony Blair said, “We have lost not just our monarch but the matriarch of our nation, the figure who more than any other brought our country together, kept us in touch with our better nature, personified everything which makes us proud to be British. ”
Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said, “The death of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth is a profoundly sad moment for the UK, the Commonwealth and the world.
“Her life was one of extraordinary dedication and service. On behalf of the people of Scotland, I convey my deepest condolences to The King and the Royal Family.
Liberal Democrat leader Sir Ed Davey said, “We are all deeply mourning the profound loss of a great monarch, who served our country so faithfully all her life and who was loved the world over.
“For many people, including myself, the Queen was an ever-fixed mark in our lives. As the world changed around us and politicians came and went, the Queen was our nation’s constant.
“The Queen represented duty and courage, as well as warmth and compassion. She was a living reminder of our collective past, of the greatest generation and their sacrifices for our freedom.”