Queen Elizabeth “died peacefully” at Balmoral Castle. The Queen died peacefully this afternoon, the Royal Family announced on its social media accounts.
Her son Charles, who is now King, will return to London on Friday.
Queen, the longest-serving monarch in British history and an icon instantly recognizable to billions of people around the world died aged 96.
Her eldest son, Charles, 73, succeeds as king immediately, according to centuries of protocol, beginning a new, less certain chapter for the royal family after the queen’s record-breaking 70-year reign.