Crowd outside Buckingham Palace stands silent following death of Queen Elizabeth II

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has died aged 96 after 70 years on the throne.

The Royal Family confirmed in a 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."

His Majesty King Charles III will now succeed his mother at the UK monarch. In a statement the King said:

“The death of my beloved mother, Her Majesty The Queen, is a moment of the greatest sadness for me and all members of my family.

“We mourn profoundly the passing of a cherished sovereign and a much-loved mother. I know her loss will be deeply felt throughout the country, the Realms and the Commonwealth, and by countless people around the world.

“During this period of mourning and change, my family and I will be comforted and sustained by our knowledge of the respect and deep affection in which the Queen was so widely held.”

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