Queen Elizabeth II
STEVENAGE, ENGLAND – JUNE 14: Queen Elizabeth II visits a new maternity ward at the Lister Hospital on June 14, 2012 in Stevenage, England. The Queen is on a two day tour of the East Midlands as part of her Diamond Jubilee tour of the country. (Photo by Chris Jackson – WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Queen Elizabeth II, Britain’s longest-serving monarch, has died aged 96. Buckingham Palace announced that she had passed at 3.30am (AEST) this morning in Balmoral, Scotland.

The Queen’s reign lasted 70 years, after coming to the throne following the death of her father in 1952, and succession has now been passed to her son, who will be known as King Charles III.

Mourners have been gathered at Buckingham Palace since news spread that the Queen’s doctors were concerned for her health. At the time of this announcement, several members of the Royal Family, including Prince William, rushed to Scotland.

Balmoral Castle was one of the Queen’s favourite places in the world, and is where she spent part of her honeymoon with Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, who died in April 2021.

Since news of the Queen’s death, more Royal Family members, including Prince Harry, have rushed to Scotland to pay their respects to the monarch.

In Australia, Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has payed his respects to the Queen sharing a statement that quoted Her Majesty, writing: “Grief is the price we pay for love”. Albanese will travel to London in the coming days.

Charles has also paid respects to his mother. “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,” his statement read.

The Queen visited Australia 15 times during her rule and was the first British monarch to ever come to the country.