Australia holds 96-gun salute to honor Queen

STORY: Australians across the country woke on Friday morning to the news of the queen's death, with many shocked and saddened by the news.

She was the head of state of Britain, New Zealand, Australia and 12 other realms within the Commonwealth of Nations.

Queen Elizabeth, Britain's longest-reigning monarch, the nation's figurehead and a towering presence on the world stage for seven decades, died peacefully at her home in Scotland on Thursday (September 8) aged 96.