Watch: Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer pays tribute to Queen Elizabeth II

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Watch: Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer pays tribute to Queen Elizabeth II

Her Majesty the Queen, Britain’s longest-reigning monarch, has died aged 96, Buckingham Palace has announced.

In a statement, the Palace said: “The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon. The King and The Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral this evening and will return to London tomorrow.”

The flag at Buckingham Palace was lowered to half mast at 6.30pm as the announcement was made.

Elizabeth II, 96, was the nation’s longest-reigning monarch, serving as head of state for more than 70 years.

Charles, who became King on the death of his mother, issued a statement describing the death of “my beloved Mother, Her Majesty The Queen” as a “moment of the greatest sadness for me and all members of my family”.

Sir Keir Starmer said the Queen “created a special, personal relationship with us all” based on “service and devotion to her country”. He told broadcasters: “Nobody under the age of 70 has known anything other than Queen Elizabeth II on the throne.“

For the vast majority of us, the late Queen has been simply the Queen.”