A post shared by Helen Mirren (@helenmirren)The nation's longest-reigning monarch, Queen Elizabeth II passed away aged 96 at her private royal residence in the Scottish Highlands, one of her favourite places, surrounded by close family who rushed to be at her side.The Prince of Wales is now King, having acceded to the throne immediately on the death of his mother.In a statement at 6.30pm, the Palace said: "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."Tributes to the monarch from all over the world began to pour in following the announcement.In a statement, Charles, the King, said: "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."Prime Minister Liz Truss said the death of the Queen was a "huge shock to the nation and the world" as she addressed the nation outside No 10.Britain will enter a period of national mourning for the monarch, who dedicated her life to royal duty.The long-held so-called London Bridge plans for the coming days and the Queen's state funeral will now be put in place, as will the contingency element Operation Unicorn for a death in Scotland.The Queen is expected to lie in state in a few days' time, with her funeral held in.Read more on express.co.uk