Her eldest son spoke of his much-loved mother, saying her loss “will be deeply felt” across the world.
King Charles III, as Clarence House confirmed he will be known, had travelled to Balmoral on Thursday morning to be with his mother, who “died peacefully” in the afternoon.
The King and Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral and return to London on Friday.
The statement reads:
The death of my beloved Mother, Her Majesty The Queen, is a moment of the greatest sadness for me and all members of my family.
We mourn profoundly the passing of a cherished Sovereign and a much-loved Mother. I know her loss will be deeply felt throughout the country, the Realms and the Commonwealth, and by countless people around the world.
During this period of mourning and change, my family and I will be comforted and sustained by our knowledge of the respect and deep affection in which The Queen was so widely held.