Australian PM: The close of the second Elizabethan age

STORY: "Her life of faithful service will be remembered for centuries to come," said Albanese speaking live to Australians via a televised address, adding that her death marked "the end of an era, the close of the second Elizabethan age."

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 aged 96.

Her eldest son Charles, 73, is now king.