Queen Elizabeth II has passed away at age 96

Queen Elizabeth II, who ruled the UK for 70 years, passed away at Balmoral at the age of 96.

It was a "time of tremendous anguish" for him and his family, according to her son King Charles III, and her loss will be "deeply felt" all around the world.

Following growing concerns about her health earlier on Thursday, senior royals gathered at her Scottish estate.

The Queen experienced significant social change after ascending to the throne in 1952.

Charles the First said: "We feel great loss at the loss of a dear mother and sovereign.

I am confident that the nation, the realms, the Commonwealth, as well as many others all over the world, will be devastated by her loss.

Camilla, his wife, succeeds to the throne as Queen Consort, and he will lead the nation in sorrow as the new King and ruler of 14 Commonwealth states.

He stated that his family and he would be "comforted and sustained by our knowledge of the respect and deep affection in which the Queen was held so widely" during the upcoming period.

According to a statement from Buckingham Palace: "The Queen passed away peacefully this afternoon at Balmoral.

"The King and the Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral this evening and will return to London tomorrow." 

All the Queen's children travelled to Balmoral, near Aberdeen, after doctors placed the Queen under medical supervision. 

Her grandson and now heir to the throne, Prince William, is also there, with his brother, Prince Harry, on his way.