MIRROR Online: LONDON, England, By Sam Elliott-Gibbs & Alahna Kindred – The Queen has died with her family by her side as tributes pour in from around the world.
Senior members of the Royal Family landed at Aberdeen Airport and were spotted racing to the Queen’s bedside at Balmoral Castle after a rare announcement that the 96-year-old monarch was under medical supervision.
The sovereign had pulled out of a virtual Privy Council the day before – 24 hours after appointing Liz Truss as PM at her home in the Scottish Highlands.
A Buckingham Palace statement 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.”
The news was officially announced and tributes have started to pour in from around the world as 12 days of national mourning begin.
With her death, her eldest son Charles, the former Prince of Wales, will lead the country in mourning as the new King and head of state for 14 Commonwealth realms.
Leading the way was the future King, who said the death of his “beloved Mother, Her Majesty The Queen, is a moment of the greatest sadness for me and all members of my family.”
The Queen ‘provided stability in times of crisis’
Italy’s prime minister Mario Draghi says the Queen provided stability in times of crisis.
He expressed his condolences, saying: “Queen Elizabeth has been a key figure in world history over the last seventy years. She represented the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth with poise, wisdom and respect for the institutions and for democracy.
“She was the most beloved symbol of her country and garnered respect, affection and fondness all over the world.
“She ensured stability in times of crisis and kept the value of tradition alive in a society undergoing continuous and profound change.
“Her spirit of service, her dedication to the United Kingdom and to the Commonwealth and the immense dignity with which she carried out her role for such a long time have been an endless source of admiration for generations.
“Our heartfelt condolences go to the Royal Family and the governments and all citizens of the United Kingdom and the countries of the Commonwealth.”
London’s black cab drivers line the Mall to mourn the Queen
Hundreds of black cab drivers are lining the Mall to mark the Queen’s death with their own special tribute.
The cabbies – a staple of British travel – are paying their respects to Her Majesty outside of Buckingham Palace.
One driver told ITV that the monarch was “all we’ve ever known”.
They did the same following the death of Prince Philip in April 2021 as a nod to the life of the Duke.
People have taken to Twitter to share images of the crowds which have gathered outside the Palace and her home, Windsor Castle.
Black cab drivers pay tribute in the Mall – Image:Guy Bell/REX/Shutterstock
Pope Francis sends telegram to the new King
Pope Francis has sent a telegram to King Charles, passing on his sorrow for the royal family’s loss.
He said on Thursday night that he was deeply saddened by the death of Queen Elizabeth II.
The Pope’s telegram was released earlier this evening
Pope Francis offered his condolences to her family and her successor, King Charles, the Vatican state.
“I willingly join all who mourn her loss in praying for the late Queen’s eternal rest, and in paying tribute to her life of unstinting service to the good of the Nation and the Commonwealth”, he said.
Nicola Sturgeon says we’re living in a “profoundly sad moment”
The Queen’s death is a “profoundly sad moment”, Nicola Sturgeon said, as political leaders from across Scotland paid tribute to the monarch.
The Scottish First Minister said the Queen had led a “life of extraordinary dedication and service”.
After her death at Balmoral in the Highlands was confirmed, Ms Sturgeon and leaders of the other political parties in Scotland offered their tributes.
Ms Sturgeon tweeted: “The death of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth is a profoundly sad moment for the UK, the Commonwealth and the world.
“Her life was one of extraordinary dedication and service.
“On behalf of the people of Scotland, I convey my deepest condolences to the King and the royal family.”
Nicola Sturgeon says the Queen was one of a kind – Getty Images
Scottish Conservative leader Douglas Ross described the Queen as “a national treasure who represented the very best of our United Kingdom throughout her entire life”.
He stated: “The dedication and commitment of Her Majesty to this country and her people was unmatched.
“For 70 years, the Queen led the country through good times and bad, an unwavering presence of strength in each and every national moment of adversity.
“There was nobody else like Her Majesty. This loss will be felt dearly across Scotland, the United Kingdom and around the world. Everyone will remember Her Majesty as a warm, loving and caring mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and monarch.
“My thoughts and prayers are with the royal family and the entire country at this very difficult time.”
Former US President Barack Obama said he and wife Michelle had been “awed” by the Queen’s “legacy of tireless, dignified public service”.
In a statement posted on Twitter, he said her Majesty had “captivated the world”, adding: “Her Majesty was just 25 years old when she took on the enormous task of helming one of the world’s great democracies.
“In the decades that followed, she would go on to make the role of Queen her own – with a reign defined by grace, elegance, and a tireless work ethic, defying the odds and expectations placed on women of her generation.”
Barack Obama and wife Michelle have sent their condolences – Getty Images
Mr Obama added that the Queen had been “responsible for considerable diplomatic achievements”, but also paid tribute to her willingness to take part in a comedy sketch at the London Olympics opening ceremony in 2012.
“Michelle and I were lucky enough to come to know her Majesty, and she meant a great deal to us,” he said.
“Back when we were just beginning to navigate life as President and First Lady, she welcomed us to the world stage with open arms and extraordinary generosity.
“Time and again, we were struck by her warmth, the way she put people at ease, and how she brought her considerable humour and charm to moments of great pomp and circumstance.”