Royal family members pay tribute to Queen Elizabeth II after her death

Royal family members pay tribute to Queen Elizabeth II after her death
Buckingham Palace announced the death of Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday.Chris Jackson - WPA Pool/Getty Images
  • Queen Elizabeth II has died, Buckingham Palace announced on Thursday.
  • According to the statement, the monarch died peacefully at her residence in Balmoral, Scotland.

Senior members of the royal family are paying tribute to Queen Elizabeth II after Buckingham Palace announced her death on Thursday.

Buckingham Palace confirmed that the monarch "died peacefully" at her residence in Balmoral, Scotland, after a royal spokesperson said in a statement released earlier in the day that she'd been put under supervision as her doctors expressed concern about her health.

"The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon," read the statement sent to Insider. It added that Charles and Camilla will remain in Balmoral on Thursday and return to London on Friday.

Following her death, social media accounts for Prince William, Kate Middleton, King Charles, and Camilla, the queen consort, retweeted the statement initially shared via the official account for the royal family, which has over 1.2 million likes as of Thursday.

Both the Twitter accounts for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall also changed the photograph in their banners to a black-and-white portrait of the Queen.


Charles' first statement as king was also shared by The Royal Family Twitter account.

"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," Charles' 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."

"During this period of mourning and change, my family and I will be comforted and sustained by our knowledge of the respect and deep affection in which the Queen was so widely held," the statement concluded.