Queen dies aged 96: How historic day unfolded as UK bid farewell to Her Majesty

The Queen's death has been one of the most history day's in the history of the United Kingdom.

For many, it came as a shock – and looking back at how the day unfolded, it's seldom hard to believe that it would end with her sad passing.

Rumours of something big taking place started during Prime Minister Liz Truss' statement in the House of Commons around midday.

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She was giving a speech about her plans to deal with the energy crisis when a note could be seen being passed down the opposition benches.

One was them given to the PM.

Just a few moments later, Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer disappeared and return to the chamber wearing a black tie.

At 12.32pm, Buckingham Palace issued a statement saying doctors were concerned for the Queen’s health.

They said the head of state was comfortable and royal physicians had recommended she stayed under medical supervision as the future king, the Prince of Wales, and second in line to the throne, the Duke of Cambridge, cleared their diaries to dash to the Queen’s Aberdeenshire home of Balmoral.

Just 13 minutes later, Clarence House said Prince Charles, now King Charles, and the Duchess of Cornwall had travelled to Balmoral, and it was also confirmed that William would go, too.

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At 2.39pm, the wheels really started to turn – as Britain's news channels turned into rolling coverage of the scenes, and Royal Air Force flight KRF23R took off from RAF Northolt in South Ruislip, west London, with William, the Duke of York, and the Earl and Countess of Wessex on board.

It landed at 3.50pm – and Prime Minister Liz Truss was told of the Queen's death at 4.30pm, according to the Prime Minister’s official spokesman.

She was told the news by Cabinet Secretary Simon Case.

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Around 5pm, a fleet of cars, including a Range Rover driven by William, with Andrew in the passenger seat and Edward and Sophie in the back, arrived at Balmoral, and then the national was informed of the dark news.

At exactly 6.31pm, Buckingham Palace released a statement.

It was the news everyone had feared.

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A spokesman 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.”

And around 29 minutes later, the new King – King Charles III – said: “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.

“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.

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“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.”

World leaders began to send in their messages of condolence, as Prime Minister Liz Truss took to the steps of Downing Street.

It was just two days after she had met The Queen before taking on the role of Prime Minister.

She said: “God save the King”.

“Today the Crown passes, as it has done for more than a thousand years, to our new monarch, our new head of state, His Majesty King Charles III.”

And at 7.41pm, the final official piece of Royal business was done as Kensington Palace confirmed that Kate and William would now be known as the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and Cambridge.

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