LONDON — The official notice confirming the death of Queen Elizabeth II has been posted on the gates of Buckingham Palace.
“The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon," the statement reads. "The King and The Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral this evening and will return to London tomorrow."
The paper notice was pinned to the railings of the palace confirming. It comes after the Royal Family announced the 96-year-old monarch's death at Balmoral Castle on Thursday evening.
Crowds of mourners gathered outside the Queen's official residence as news broke about her death. Some were seen placing flowers through the gates into the grounds of the Royal palace.
As the Union Jack at the Palace was lowered, mourners wept. Others erupted into singing the national anthem, The Times reports.
As day turned into night, thousands gathered outside the Palace despite heavy rainfall to pay their respects. Chants could be heard from the throngs of people with some cheering three times for the Queen while others shouted: "Long live the King."
A notice of death was also displayed on the gates of the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh - the British monarch's official residence in Scotland.
The bulletins are used by the monarchy to confirm important events in their lives including the birth of a new Royal.
Charles, now his Majesty the King and King Charles III, issued a statement shortly after the news broke of his mother’s death. “The death of my beloved Mother, Her Majesty The Queen, is a moment of the greatest sadness for me and all members of my family,” the statement read.
“We mourn profoundly the passing of a cherished Sovereign and a much-loved Mother. I know her loss will be deeply felt throughout the country, the Realms and the Commonwealth, and by countless people around the world.”
Prime Minister Liz Truss paid tribute to the queen. Speaking outside No. 10, Truss said it had been a “huge shock to the nation and the world. Truss said Thursday marked the "passing of the second Elizabethan age." She concluded her address by saying: "God save the king."
Earlier on Thursday, the palace announced royal doctors were concerned over her health and placed her under medical supervision at her residence at Balmoral Castle in Scotland. The day before, the 96-year-old queen pulled out of a virtual Privy Council meeting after her doctors advised her to rest.
On Tuesday, the queen fulfilled her final official engagement as she swore in Truss as prime minister — the 15th prime minister in her 70-year-long reign. It was the first time the handover took place at Balmoral and not the queen’s official residence of Buckingham Palace, as the queen moved to her retreat in Aberdeenshire during the summer due to ongoing mobility issues.