Queen Elizabeth II has died at the age of 96. She passed away at Balmoral Castle in Aberdeenshire.
She was the UK’s longest serving monarch – she spent longer on the throne than any other King or Queen.
She became Queen in 1952. Her death marks the end of an era for our country.
The Queen died at Balmoral, after reigning for 70 years.
Her family gathered at her Scottish estate after concerns grew about her health earlier on Thursday.
The Queen came to the throne in 1952.
Her eldest son Charles will lead the country in mourning, as the new King, and head of state for 14 Commonwealth realms.
In a statement, 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.”
All the Queen’s children travelled to Balmoral, near Aberdeen, after doctors placed the Queen under medical supervision.
Her grandson, Prince William, is also there, with his brother, Prince Harry, on his way.