Formal notice of Queen's death placed at Holyrood

STORY: EDITORS PLEASE NOTE: RESENDING TO CORRECT LOCATION TO HOLYROOD PALACE, EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND

Queen Elizabeth, Britain's longest-reigning monarch and the nation's figurehead for seven decades, died at her home in Scotland aged 96 on Thursday.

"The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon," the statement read. "The King and The Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral this evening and will return to London tomorrow."

Elizabeth's eldest son Charles, 73, automatically becomes king of the United Kingdom and the head of state of 14 other realms including Australia, Canada and New Zealand. His wife Camilla becomes Queen Consort.