Queen Elizabeth II of the UK had died aged 96, at her summer residence in Scotland. The longest serving monarch of recent times was placed under medical supervision by her doctors on Thursday morning and members of the Royal Family were flown to Balmoral to be by her side and her death was announced just after 1730GMT.
Buckingham Palace posted a short statement confirming the news.
"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," the statement read.
Her son Charles will assume the throne as King of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, along with his wife Camilla as Queen Consort. Clarence House, responsible for his statements while Prince of Wales, confirmed he will be known as King Charles III.