The British monarch, 96, has died "peacefully at Balmoral", Buckingham Palace has announced
Queen Elizabeth II (1926-2022), a symbol of stability, after 70 years on the British throne, has died, "peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon", Buckingham Palace announced on Thursday.
Elizabeth's eldest son, Charles, 73, automatically becomes king of the United Kingdom and the head of state of 14 other realms.
"The King and the Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral this evening and will return to London tomorrow", Buckingham Palace also announces in a statement.
All the Queen's children travelled to Balmoral, after doctors had placed Queen Elizabeth II under medical supervision.
Reactions from leaders across the world, including Romania, are pouring in, to honour her life, marked by a sense of duty:
The President of Romania, Klaus Iohannis:"Heartfelt condolences on the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Her Majesty's reign, spanning 7 decades, shaped modern history and is an exceptional symbol of loyalty and commitment to the public service. Romanians stand by the British people and the Royal Family".
The Prime Minister of Romania, Nicolae Ciuca : "We stand by the British people and the Royal Family at these difficult moments, after HRH Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland passed away. I send my heartfelt condolences to the British Royal Family! May she rest in peace!"
The interim Speaker of the Romanian Senate, Alina Gorghiu: "My heartfelt condolences to the Royal Family and the British people, during this difficult moment. The Queen was an example of elegance, loyalty and devotion. She will remain in our memory as a historical figure who inspired generations and shaped world history."
The Speaker of the Romanian Chamber of Deputies and president of the Social Democratic Party (PSD), Marcel Ciolacu: "With profound sadness I send my heartfelt condolences to the Royal Faily, the British and Commonwealth realms people. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II built bridges between nations and individuals that will last for generations to come."
The President of the Save Romania Union (USR), Catalin Drula: "Our deepest condolences to the Royal Family and the British people for the loss of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. For over 70 years the Queen stood by the British nation through difficult and happy times. The entire world will remember her as a beacon of stability and dignity."
"Her Majesty Margareta, Custodian of the Romanian Crown and HRH the Prince Consort, together with the entire Royal Family, learned with immense sorrow the news of the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland."
French President Emmanuel Macron:"Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II embodied the British nation's continuity and unity for over 70 years. I remember her as a friend of France, a kind-hearted queen who has left a lasting impression on her country and her century".
The President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen:"It is with deep sadness that I have learned of the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. She was the world's longest serving Head of State and one of the most respected personalities worldwide. I offer my heartfelt condolences to the Royal Family and the British people."