The Prime Minister and First Ministers of the Devolved Nations have paid tribute to the Queen after Buckingham Palace announced her death.
The news of her death was announced in a statement on behalf of the royal family.
A statement said: “The Queen died peacefully in Balmoral this afternoon.
“The King and Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral tonight and return to London tomorrow.”
The Queen died peacefully in Balmoral this afternoon.
The King and The Queen Consort will remain in Balmoral tonight and return to London tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/VfxpXro22W
— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) September 8, 2022
Her Majesty was placed under medical supervision earlier this morning after doctors became concerned about her health.
Prime Minister Liz Truss paid tribute to the Queen, describing her as “an example for all of us”.
She said: “Today, as it has done for more than a thousand years, the crown goes to our new monarch, our new head of state, His Majesty King Charles III. above.
“It is an extraordinary achievement to have presided with such dignity and grace for 70 years. Her life of ministry transcended most of our living memories.
“In return, she was loved and admired by people in the UK and around the world.
“She was a personal inspiration to me and to many Brits – her dedication to duty is an example to all of us.
“Earlier this week, at the age of 96, she remained committed to her duties when she named me her 15th prime minister.
“Over the course of her life she has visited more than 100 countries and touched the lives of millions of people around the world.
“In the difficult days ahead, we will gather with our friends in the UK, Commonwealth and around the world to celebrate their exceptional lifetime service.
“It is a day of great losses, but Queen Elizabeth II leaves a great legacy.”
The life of the Queen in pictures
Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland’s First Minister, also released a tribute saying: “The death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth is a deeply saddening moment for the UK, the Commonwealth and the world.
“Her life was one of extraordinary devotion and service.
“On behalf of the Scottish people, I send my deepest condolences to the King and the Royal Family.”
Incredibly saddened by the death of Queen Elizabeth II.
As our longest reigning monarch, she upheld the values and traditions of the British monarchy.
On behalf of the Welsh people, I send our deepest condolences to Her Majesty’s family at this sad time. pic.twitter.com/jZAMHtMBD5
— Mark Drakeford (@PrifWeinidog) September 8, 2022
As First Minister of Wales, Mark Drakeford said: “Incredibly sad to hear of the death of Queen Elizabeth II.
“As our longest reigning monarch, she upheld the values and traditions of the British monarchy.
“On behalf of the people of Wales, I send our deepest condolences to Her Majesty’s family at this sad time.”
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