The Queen Mother – racing’s “favourite owner” – has died peacefully in her sleep at the age of 101

The Queen Mother died peacefully in her sleep at 3.15pm today (Saturday 30 March) at the Royal Lodge, Windsor, Buckingham Palace has announced. The Queen was at her side.

Prince Charles and his sons, who are currently skiing in Switzerland, are said to be “devastated” and are returning home on Sunday.

The Queen Mother is expected to be buried at Windsor.

Aged 101, the Queen Mother was a passionate racing enthusiast, who owned many famous horses during her lifetime, including the 1956 Grand National’s most famous loser Devon Loch, ridden by Dick Francis.

Click here to read our tribute to the Queen Mother