Prince William, King Charles III’s older son, is now heir apparent.
He does not automatically become Prince of Wales; that title is in the gift of the king.
William and his wife Kate have taken on the additional titles of Duke and Duchess of Cornwall – which were previously held by Charles and Camilla – making them The Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and Cambridge.
Prince Harry arrives at Balmoral Castle, according to UK media
Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex, has arrived at Balmoral Castle in Scotland, according to the UK’s PA Media news agency.
He was seen being driven in a convoy of cars heading through the gates at Balmoral Castle.
The Queen “devoted herself unreservedly to a life of service,” former UK PM Theresa May says
Britain’s former Prime Minister Theresa May released a statement paying tribute to Queen Elizabeth II.
“Her Majesty devoted herself unreservedly to a life of service. She was respected and admired not only by her own people but far beyond our family of nations,” she tweeted. “As our longest reigning monarch, Her Majesty witnessed tremendous change, moving adroitly with the times but always providing stability and reassurance. She was our constant throughout this great Elizabethan era.”
Statement on the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. pic.twitter.com/OIjnyPu4sI
— Theresa May (@theresa_may) September 8, 2022
Former US Presidents commemorate Queen Elizabeth II’s life and service
Fourteen US Presidents served during the Queen’s seven-decade reign, and the living former Presidents are releasing statements of condolence following her death.
Former President Barack Obama, in a joint statement with first lady Michelle Obama, said they are “awed by her legacy of tireless, dignified public service.”
“Michelle and I were lucky enough to come to know Her Majesty, and she meant a great deal to us,” the Obamas wrote.
“Back when we were just beginning to navigate life as President and First Lady, she welcomed us to the world stage with open arms and extraordinary generosity. Time and again, we were struck by her warmth,” they added.
Like so many of you, Michelle and I are grateful to have witnessed Her Majesty’s dedicated leadership, and we are awed by her legacy of tireless, dignified public service. Our thoughts are with her family and the people of the United Kingdom at this difficult time. pic.twitter.com/sbID222iSQ
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) September 8, 2022
Former President Donald Trump also issued a statement on the death of the Queen, writing in part, “her leadership and enduring diplomacy secured and advanced alliances with the United States and countries around the world. However, she will always be remembered for her faithfulness to her country and her unwavering devotion to her fellow countrymen and women.”
“Melania and I will always cherish our time together with the Queen, and never forget Her Majesty’s generous friendship, great wisdom, and wonderful sense of humor. What a grand and beautiful lady she was—there was nobody like her!” Trump also said.
Meanwhile, 43rd President George Bush wrote that “spending time at Buckingham Palace, and having tea with Her Majesty – and her Corgis – is among our fondest memories of the presidency.”
“Laura and I were honored to have known Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. She was a woman of great intellect, charm, and wit,” he wrote.
“Queen Elizabeth ably led England through dark moments with her confidence in her people and her vision for a brighter tomorrow. Our world benefitted from her steady resolve, and we are grateful for her decades of service as sovereign,” Bush added.
Former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton marked Queen Elizabeth’s passing by remembering her as a someone with “unfailing grace, dignity, and genuine care for the welfare of all its people.”
“In sunshine or storm, she was a source of stability, serenity, and strength,” they said in a statement provided to CNN by a Clinton spokesperson.
President Biden orders flags at half staff at White House after death of Queen Elizabeth II
Flags at the White House and other federal building and military facilities, according to a proclamation by US President Joe Biden on the passing of Queen Elizabeth II.
The proclamation also orders US embassies overseas, to fly flags at half-staff “until the day of internment.”
UK opposition leader mourns end of “Elizabethan era”
In a televised video statement, UK Opposition leader Keir Starmer mourned the end of Britain’s “Elizabethan era” following the death of Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday.
Starmer, who is the leader of the UK’s Labour Party, paid tribute to the UK’s longest serving and “greatest ever monarch.”
“Around the world, people are united and united in celebrating her life. This togetherness is a reminder of what she achieved, a reminder of our shared values, which I know will be upheld by her beloved son, Charles, our new king. So as our great Elizabethan era comes to an end, we will honor the late Queen’s memory by keeping alive the values of public service she embodied,” Starmer said.
He stressed that the British public will “always treasure Queen Elizabeth II’s life of service and devotion.”
Royal website has gone dark in honor of Queen Elizabeth II
The website of the British Monarchy has gone dark following the passing of Queen Elizabeth II.
The website notes that it’s temporarily unavailable and currently has an image paying homage to the late Queen.
A message at the bottom of the main royal’s website reads: “The official website of the Royal Family is temporarily unavailable while appropriate changes are made.”
“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.
Thursday, 8 September 2022,” the website read.
Additionally, the websites of Prince of Wales and Harry and Meghan’s Archewell have also become a blacked-out landing page, with messages in memory of the Queen.
Eiffel Tower lights will be turned off tonight in tribute to Queen, Paris mayor says
The Eiffel Tower lights, the hallmark of Paris, will be turned off tonight “in tribute to the [Q]ueen Elizabeth II,” the mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, said in a post on Twitter on Thursday.
Je viens d’assurer à l’ambassadrice @MennaRawlings la profonde sympathie et le soutien de Paris au peuple du Royaume-Uni.
Ce soir, la Tour Eiffel sera éteinte en hommage à Sa Majesté la Reine Élizabeth II.#QueenElizabeth 🇬🇧
— Anne Hidalgo (@Anne_Hidalgo) September 8, 2022
Britons remember interactions they had with Queen Elizabeth II
As crowds gather outside Windsor Castle to mourn the death of Queen Elizabeth II, people are commemorating her legacy and some are even remembering the times they interacted with Her Majesty.
One woman told CNN it was “amazing” when she saw the Queen at an opening of a hospice a few months ago. She said the Queen waved at everyone there and gave the crowd a little smirk and said “thank you” when they told her she looked great.
“She just symbolizes everything. I’m such a big royalist. I lived in Windsor all my life so just growing up with my family loving her and kind of instilling that on us, really,” she said.
She said the Queen was “absolutely” a uniting force, adding “she is going to be missed.”
Jonathan Windsor, from Bristol said he found out about the Queen’s death through a notification on his phone while he was at a pub.
“We toasted Her Majesty on the news. I can’t emphasize how sad our country is with the terrible news,” he told CNN.
Another person, Judy Anzel from London, said her mother called her to tell her about the Queen’s passing.
“Of course this was something we were all expecting to come at some point, but it’s different when it actually happens,” Anzel said, adding “the UK has been in a tough position as of late” and because of that, the death is “going to hit it especially hard at this time.”
CNN’s Paul Murphy contributed reporting to this post.