Church leaders have expressed their gratitude for the life and service of Queen Elizabeth II, Britain’s longest-serving monarch, after her death today aged 96.
The Queen died peacefully at her Scottish estate at Balmoral this afternoon, a statement by Buckingham Palace said.
Members of the royal family travelled to Balmoral today to be by her bedside after doctors decided to keep her under medical supervision over concerns for her health.
“The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon,” an official statement reads.
“The King and The Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral this evening and will return to London tomorrow.”
Church leaders have joined in the outpouring of tributes being paid to the Queen.
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, expressed his “profound sadness” at her passing.