Reading, like the rest of the United Kingdom, is in mourning after Queen Elizabeth II died today aged 96.

All the electronic billboards on Broad Street show a still image of the Queen.

Anyone wishing to lay flowers in tribute, should do so outside of Reading Town Hall and by the Queen Victoria Statue, the leader of Reading Borough Council has said.

Tributes have been released by politicians, community groups and services in the town.

The Mayor of Reading, Rachel Eden, and the Leader of Reading Borough Council, Jason Brock, have released a joint statement.

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"It is with great sadness that Reading Borough Council and the people of Reading have learned this evening of the passing of Her Majesty The Queen. We join the rest of the United Kingdom in extending our deepest sympathies to The Royal Family. Our thoughts are with them at this time.

"Flags on Council buildings will be flown at half-mast from today. They will remain at half-mast until 8am on the morning following the funeral.

"We respectfully ask that anyone wishing to lay flowers in tribute, should do so outside of Reading Town Hall and by the Queen Victoria Statue. The Mayor of Reading and a Civic party will lay flowers at this same site tomorrow at 10am."

Reading Chronicle: The flag at half mast outside Reading Borough CouncilThe flag at half mast outside Reading Borough Council (Image: Newsquest)

MP for Reading West, Alok Sharma, said: "The Queen was the mother of our nation and the Commonwealth - a rock of serenity and wisdom through the decades and so loved and admired.

"We will all miss her greatly and mourn her loss All our thoughts and prayers with the Royal Family.

"Long live the King."

Charles has become King Charles III – with his title as monarch a personal choice that was entirely his own.

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He has opted to use his Christian name, just like his late beloved mother Queen Elizabeth II.

A spokesperson for Reading FC posted on Twitter: "We are truly saddened to learn of the passing of Her Majesty the Queen Elizabeth II, at the age of 96.

"The thoughts of everyone at Reading Football Club are with the Royal Family at this difficult time."

Professor Robert Van de Noort, Vice-Chancellor at the University of Reading, has issued the following statement:

"On behalf of the University of Reading, I wish to express our deep sorrow following the death of Her Majesty The Queen.

"Her Majesty served the United Kingdom, its overseas territories and nations of the Commonwealth, with grace, humility and dedication throughout her 70-year reign as monarch.

"Among her many official roles, she was Visitor of the University of Reading.

"We extend our condolences to members of the Royal family at this sad time.

"As a mark of respect, flags at our campuses have been lowered to half-mast and will remain at half-mast during the period of mourning. Books of Condolence will be opened at all of our campuses, for all members of the University community to sign.”

A spokesperson for Thames Valley Air Ambulance wrote: "All of us at Thames Valley Air Ambulance are deeply saddened by the death of Her Majesty The Queen and send our sincere condolences to the Royal Family.

"Queen Elizabeth II was an inspiration to all of us who work within the charity sector for her unwavering dedication to serving the people of the Commonwealth.

"Her Majesty and the wider Royal Family have been steadfast supporters of charity work, including that of air ambulance organisations.

"Our thoughts are with the Royal Family, especially our Patron the Countess of Wessex, and all of those who are affected by Her Majesty’s death."

"At this moment of great national sadness, I hope you will use this time to seek comfort with your friends and families, as we all remember Her Majesty The Queen in our own way."