Queen Elizabeth has died: highlights from a dramatic day | The Queen

A timeline of important moments on September 8, the day Queen Elizabeth II died.

12 pm: The first public indication that a major event had occurred came when Nadhim Zahawi, the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, entered the House of Commons just after midday and began briefing Liz Truss, the Prime Minister, as she sat listening to Labour. Leader Keir Starmer responds to her statement on energy plans.

12.30 pm: Buckingham Palace issued a statement saying doctors are concerned about the Queen’s health and have advised the 96-year-old to remain under medical observation.

12.35 pm: The Speaker of the House of Commons, Sir Lindsay Hoyle, interrupted Scottish National Party leader Ian Blackford’s speech at Westminster during the debate to tell MPs: “I know I speak for the whole House when I say that We send our best wishes to Her Majesty the Queen and that she and the Royal Family are in our thoughts and prayers at this time.”

12.39 pm: The prime minister issued a statement saying “the whole country will be deeply concerned by the news from Buckingham Palace this afternoon”. He added: “My thoughts – and the thoughts of people across our United Kingdom – are with Her Majesty The Queen and her family at this time.” Scheduled programming on the BBC was interrupted before the national broadcaster switched to rolling news coverage.

13:00: Reports emerged that senior members of the royal family were traveling to Balmoral to join the Queen and Prince Charles. As senior politicians and leaders from around the world began issuing statements wishing the Queen well, members of the public gathered at locations including Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle.

16.30: Truss was informed by the Cabinet Secretary, Simon Case, that the Queen had died.

5pm: After a flight to Scotland from RAF Northolt, a group carrying members of the royal family was seen arriving at Balmoral. Prince William was seen behind the wheel of a Range Rover, which also carried Prince Andrew as well as Prince Edward and his wife, Sophie, Earl of Wessex.

18.30: Buckingham Palace has announced that the Queen has died aged 96. “The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon,” it began, before the news was quickly broadcast across Britain and the world by media organisations.

6.40 p.m An official statement announcing the Queen’s death was placed outside Buckingham Palace, where crowds had already gathered for several hours.

19.04: Buckingham Palace released King Charles’ first statement as monarch, in which he spoke about his mother’s death. He said: “The death of my beloved mother, Her Majesty the Queen, is a moment of greatest sadness for me and all the members of my family. We deeply mourn the death of a beloved Sovereign and a much-loved mother.”

19.05: Speaking outside Downing Street, Truss hailed the Queen as the “rock on which modern Britain was built” as she led tributes to the country’s longest-serving monarch.

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