It read: “Following further evaluation this morning, The Queen’s doctors are concerned for Her Majesty’s health and have recommended she remain under medical supervision. The Queen remains comfortable and at Balmoral.”
The Queen marked 70 years on the throne in 2022Jane Barlow - WPA Pool/Getty Images
The news of her death was then confirmed at 6:30 on Thursday evening. In a statement, the Royal Family 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."
\u201cThe Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon.\n\nThe King and The Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral this evening and will return to London tomorrow.\u201d
Countless people across the world sent thoughts and prayers to the Queen and the royal family following the news, with the likes of Boris Johnson, Keir Starmer, Volodymyr Zelensky, Justin Trudeau and Piers Morgan leading the tributes on social media.
\u201cThe death of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth is a profoundly sad moment for the UK, the Commonwealth and the world. \nHer life was one of extraordinary dedication and service. \nOn behalf of the people of Scotland, I convey my deepest condolences to The King and the Royal Family.\u201d
\u201cBREAKING NEWS: \nRIP Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, 96. The greatest Monarch in history, and the greatest of Britons. Dignified, humble, wise, stoic, and dedicated to duty & service to the country she loved. Thank you for everything, Ma\u2019am. We will be forever indebted to you.\u201d
\u201cManchester United shares the sorrow of the entire nation following the announcement from Buckingham Palace on the passing of Her Royal Highness The Queen Elizabeth II.\u201d
— Manchester United (@Manchester United)
\u201cQueen Elizabeth II has passed away at age 96. My thoughts are with the royal family and with the people of the United Kingdom and truly around the world who mourn her passing. In her time, the Queen saw a country and indeed a world transformed. There shall be none other like her.\u201d
\u201cThe first British monarch to visit Florida and a singular figure in world history, Queen Elizabeth II will be remembered for her lifetime of public service and her devotion to duty. \n\nMy thoughts are with the Royal family, the United Kingdom, and all who admired the Queen.\u201d
\u201cWith profound sadness, I join the nation, the Commonwealth and the world in mourning the death of Her Late Majesty The Queen.\n\nhttps://t.co/LKHdaJQYgN\u201d
— Archbishop of Canterbury (@Archbishop of Canterbury)
\u201cThe United Kingdom, the Commonwealth, and the entire world are joined together in mourning this evening. HM Queen Elizabeth II served this country to the last. I offer my sincere condolences to the Royal Family. May she rest in peace.\u201d
\u201cHer Majesty The Queen was an outstanding example of dedication to duty and commitment to her role as monarch. I have great lasting memories of meeting her over the decades. She was a woman of faith so I\u2019m sure she was prepared. May she rest in peace #HerMajesty\u201d