Taoiseach pays tribute as Queen Elizabeth dies

The tricolour over Government Buildings in Dublin is flying at half mast this morning, as a mark of respect following the death of Queen Elizabeth.

The queen passed away at her estate in Balmoral in Scotland, where she had been enjoying some down time.

A statement from Buckingham Palace triggered the start of an operation known as "London Bridge is down" her family were summoned to Balmoral, where confirmation of her death was issued by Buckingham Palace, and for the first time in 70 years, Great Britain has a King, King Charles III.

A book of condolences will be opened at the British embassy in Ballsbridge, so people can pay their respects. 

Michael Martin said she will be remembered for her sense of duty, while Michael D Higgins said she served the British people with great dignity during her 70 year reign.

Meanwhile the Sinn Fein leader Mary Lou-McDonald said she was a champion and advocate for peace, reconciliation and change.

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