UK’s new monarch will be known as King Charles III

Queen Elizabeth’s son Charles will rule under the name King Charles III, it has now been confirmed.

Tony Blair, who served as Britain’s prime minister for one decade of the Queen’s 70-year reign, has said “it was our great good fortune to have her reign over us.”

“We have lost not just our monarch but the matriarch of our nation, the figure who more than any other brought our country together, kept us in touch with our better nature, personified everything which makes us proud to be British,” Blair wrote.

 

Liz Truss concluded her speech outside Downing Street with a call to unite behind Charles, Britain’s new King.

“We offer him our loyalty and devotion, just as his mother devoted so much to so many for so long,” the UK’s new Prime Minister said.

“With the passing of the second Elizabethan age, we usher in a new era in the magnificent history of our great country. Exactly as her Majesty would have wished: by saying the words, ‘God save the King.'”

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Former British Prime Minister Boris Johnson tweeted a statement following the announcement that Queen Elizabeth II had died, saying it’s the “country’s saddest day.”

“In the hearts of every one of us there is an ache at the passing of our Queen, a deep and personal sense of loss — far more intense, perhaps, than we expected,” he wrote.

Prime Minister Liz Truss called on Britons to “come together” to support Charles, the United Kingdom’s new King.

“In the difficult days ahead, we will come together with our friends across the United Kingdom, the Commonwealth and the world, to celebrate her extraordinary lifetime of service,” Truss said.

“It is a day of great loss, but Queen Elizabeth II leaves a great legacy.”

“Today the Crown passes, as it has done for more than a thousand years, to our new monarch, our new head of state: His Majesty, King Charles III,” Truss said.

“With the King’s family, we mourn the loss of his mother. And as we mourn, we must come together as a people to support him,” she added. “To help him bear the awesome responsibility that he now carries for us all.”

“Britain is the great country it is today because of her,” UK Prime Minister Liz Truss said outside Downing Street following the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

“We are now a modern, thriving, dynamic nation. Through thick and thin, Queen Elizabeth II provided us with he stability and the strength that we needed.”

“It’s an extraordinary achievement to have presided with such dignity and grace for 70 years.”

“She was loved and admired by the people in the United Kingdom, and all round the world.

She has been a personal inspiration to me, and to many Britons, the new PM said.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said it is “with the heaviest of hearts” that Canada learned of the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

“It was with the heaviest of hearts that we learned of the passing of Canada’s longest-reigning Sovereign, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. She was a constant presence in our lives – and her service to Canadians will forever remain an important part of our country’s history,” Trudeau said in a tweet.

Queen Elizabeth II served as Canada’s head of state.

In Ottawa, the flag at Peace Tower could also be seen being lowered after the announcement of the Queen’s death.

Charles, who is now King following Queen Elizabeth II’s death, now has the job of uniting the United Kingdom, Richard Quest, CNN anchor and correspondent, said.

Other than the years where is personal life created scandal, Charles “has served the country loyally and with great dignity over many years,” Quest said on CNN.

One strength Charles has as the monarchy starts its new chapter, Quest said, is his forward thinking.

“He is steeped in the future. He was ahead of the game with environmental issues. He was ahead of the game on climate change. He’s ahead of the game on a lot of thoughts that are now normal — he was suggesting years ago,” Quest said.
“Then he will have the job of uniting the United Kingdom at a time when there are such great fears and unease,” he added.

Britain’s new Prime Minister Liz Truss is giving an address outside Downing Street, following the passing of Queen Elizabeth II.

Truss said: “The death of her majesty the Queen is a huge shock to the nation and to the world.”

“Queen Elizabeth II was the rock on which modern Britain was built,” she said. “Our country has grown and flourished under her reign.”

“She was the very spirit of Great Britain, and that spirit will endure.”

Truss met the Queen to formally be appointed Prime Minister on Tuesday, in the monarch’s last engagement before her death. She is the 15th and final Prime Minister to have served under Elizabeth.

Queen Elizabeth’s son and the new King of the United Kingdom, Charles, has released a statement mourning his mother’s death.

He calls it “a moment of the greatest sadness for me and all members of my family.”

Reactions are starting to pour in from leaders around the world expressing their sympathy and offering condolences to the Royal family following the passing Queen Elizabeth II.

Here are their statements:

President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins:

“It is with profound regret and a deep personal sadness that I have learnt of the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

On behalf of the people of Ireland, may I express my heartfelt sympathy to His Majesty King Charles and to the Royal Family on their very great personal loss. May I offer my deepest condolences to the British people and to the members of the Commonwealth on the loss of a unique, committed and deeply respected Head of State.
Her Majesty served the British people with exceptional dignity. Her personal commitment to her role and extraordinary sense of duty were the hallmarks of her period as Queen, which will hold a unique place in British history.”

Royal House of the Netherlands:

“We remember Queen Elizabeth II with deep respect and great affection. Steadfast and wise, she dedicated her long life to serving the British people. We feel a strong bond with the United Kingdom and its royal family, and we share their sorrow at this time. We are very grateful for our countries close friendship, to which Queen Elizabeth made such an unforgettable contribution,” it said.

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre reacted Thursday to the news that Queen Elizabeth II has died at 96, saying that “our hearts and our thoughts” go to the family and the people of the United Kingdom.

“Our hearts and our thoughts go to the family members of the Queen, goes to the people of United Kingdom. I don’t want to get ahead of what the President is going to say,” Jean-Pierre said at the end of the White House press briefing, reacting live to the news of the Queen’s passing.

President of France Emmanuel Macron:

United Nations Secretary General António Guterres:

“I am deeply saddened at the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. I extend my sincere condolences to her bereaved family, the Government and people of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and the wider Commonwealth of Nations,” Guterres noted in a statement.

“Queen Elizabeth II was a good friend of the United Nations, and visited our New York Headquarters twice, more than fifty years apart. She was deeply committed to many charitable and environmental causes and spoke movingly to delegates at the COP26 climate talks in Glasgow,” he said.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky

Zelensky expressed condolences to the entire United Kingdom, saying in a tweet “It is with deep sadness that we learned of the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. On behalf of the 🇺🇦 people, we extend sincere condolences to the @RoyalFamily, the entire United Kingdom and the Commonwealth over this irreparable loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.”

Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi

“The Prime Minister, Mario Draghi, expresses deep condolences for the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Queen Elizabeth has been the absolute protagonist of world history for the past seventy years,” Draghi expressed in a statement.

“Her spirit of service, her dedication to the UK and the Commonwealth, the deep dignity with which he held his office for such a long period have been a relentless source of admiration for generations. To the Royal Family, to the Governments and to all citizens of the United Kingdom and of the Commonwealth countries, our deepest condolences,” Draghi stated.

Charles immediately became King upon the death of his mother, Queen Elizabeth.

The Royal family referred to Charles as King in announcing the death of Queen Elizabeth. The tweet referred to Camila as the Queen Consort.

As heir apparent since the age of three, he has been the longest serving heir to the throne in British history.

Upon becoming the sovereign, Charles has the option to take any name he chooses for his reign as King. For example, King George VI’s real name was actually Albert. Two previous monarchs have been called Charles.

Charles had already been taking on some of the Queen’s engagements this year as her health had become enough of a concern for her to cancel some of her commitments, including the State Opening of Parliament.

Both Charles and Prince William had been prioritizing the Queen’s diary over theirs. Both of them had been activated as Counsellors of State, where the Queen delegates her sovereign power for specific purposes, and they were obligated to be even more available for those duties.

The Premier League, the top level of the men’s English football league system, tweeted its condolences in the wake of Queen Elizabeth’s death on Thursday, saying in tweet its thoughts are with the royal family and “everyone around the world mourning the loss of Her Majesty.”

One of the football clubs within the league, Manchester United, also posted on Twitter that it “shares the sorrow of the entire nation.”

Chelsea Football Club said on Twitter that it “is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. We join those mourning in the UK and across the world.”

Formula 1 said in a statement on its website the organization is “mourning the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.”

“For more than seven decades she dedicated her life to public service with dignity and devotion and inspired so many around the world. Formula 1 sends its deepest condolences to the Royal Family and to the people of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth,” Formula 1 President and CEO Stefano Domenicali said in the statement.
Arsenal acknowledged the passing in a tweet as well, saying it will be “taking time to mourn and reflect on Her Majesty’s incredible life and devoted service.

The ongoing professional golf tournament, the BMW PGA Championship being held in Surrey, England, has been suspended for the remainder of the day in honor of Queen Elizabeth’s passing.

A rainbow could be seen over the sky at Windsor Castle as the British flag was lowered after the announcement of Queen Elizabeth II’s death.

Queen Elizabeth II, who has died age 96 after the longest reign in British history, will be mourned around the globe as one of the last monarchs born to a classic age of European royalty, when kings and queens wielded genuine political power.

Elizabeth Alexandra Mary was born in 1926, the first child of the Duke and Duchess of York.

But she didn’t become heir presumptive to the throne until 1937, when her father was crowned King George VI after the scandalous abdication of his older brother — events dramatized in the Oscar-winning film “The King’s Speech” and hit Netflix show “The Crown.”

Wartime freedoms

As World War II erupted, Elizabeth was quietly groomed for statehood.

While living out the Blitz on London in nearby Windsor Castle, she was privately tutored in matters of constitution by Henry Marten, an eccentric yet respected teacher who reputedly kept a pet raven in his study.

She began taking tentative steps into public life in 1940 when, aged 14, she made her first radio broadcast: a speech to children displaced by the conflict. At 16, she was made an honorary colonel of the Grenadier Guards, a British army infantry regiment.

Princess Elizabeth is pictured in 1945 standing by an Auxiliary Territorial Service first aid truck wearing an officer’s uniform.

Wartime offered her certain freedoms beyond the traditional constraints of royal life.

In 1945 she joined the Auxiliary Territorial Service and spent four weeks getting her hands covered in oil and grease as she learned to drive and maintain military vehicles.

When victory was declared in Europe, a uniformed Elizabeth mingled with jubilant crowds outside Buckingham Palace.

Peacetime brought the return of Lieutenant Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark, a handsome young naval officer who had, by all accounts, won her heart when she was just 13. The pair married in Westminster Abbey in 1947. Their first son, Charles, was born just over a year later.

Tearful faces could be seen in outside the gates of Buckingham Palace on Thursday as news spread of Queen Elizabeth II’s death.

Below, crowds gather along the road leading to the palace gates — where a statement announcing her death was just posted, per tradition.

Quiet singing of “God Save the Queen” has broken out across the gathered crowd.

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre reacted Thursday to the news that Queen Elizabeth II has died at 96, saying that “our hearts and our thoughts” go to the family and the people of the United Kingdom.

“Our hearts and our thoughts go to the family members of the Queen, goes to the people of United Kingdom. I don’t want to get ahead of what the President is going to say,” Jean-Pierre said at the end of the White House press briefing, reacting live to the news of the Queen’s passing.

“My life will always be devoted to your service.”

It was a vow she made repeatedly throughout her record-breaking reign, most recently in a message marking the 70th anniversary of her accession to the throne.

Elizabeth II may not have been born to be monarch, but once fate had intervened, she steadfastly committed her time on earth to duty and service.

Even in the twilight years of her life, as many speculated on whether she might step back or perhaps even abdicate, she remained resolute in her devotion to her role.

As the coronavirus pandemic swept the world in 2020, the Queen and her husband, Prince Philip, retreated from London to Windsor Castle. As in other times of crisis, the nation sought reassurance from the monarch, who evoked wartime references before firmly declaring “we will succeed.”

Keen to remain a presence in public life amid the lockdowns and social distancing measures, she pivoted like many of us did and began working from home, participating in virtual engagements and undertaking more calls.

Following the Duke of Edinburgh’s death in April 2021, she resumed her royal duties with typical steadfastness.

Her first public appearance took place a month after the death of her “strength and stay” with the State Opening of Parliament.

She tested positive for Covid-19 in February 2022, though she continued with some of her light duties despite suffering from mild cold-like symptoms.

In July, she traveled to her private Scottish home of Balmoral for the start of her traditional summer break. On Sept. 6, the Queen received former Prime Minister Boris Johnson at Balmoral Castle as he left office before she greeted Liz Truss to ask her to form a government and become prime minister. The historic audience was the first time the 96-year-old monarch carried out the key duty at her retreat in Aberdeenshire, rather than at London’s Buckingham Palace.

News of her death truly marks the end of an era for the United Kingdom, with most of its people having known no other monarch at their head.

Queen “died peacefully” at Balmoral Castle

The Queen died peacefully this afternoon, the Royal Family announced on its social media accounts.

Her son Charles, who is now King, will return to London on Friday.

Queen Elizabeth II, the longest-reigning British monarch whose rule spanned seven decades, died on Thursday at the age of 96, Buckingham Palace has announced.

Elizabeth ascended to the throne in 1952, on the death of her father, King George VI. She oversaw the last throes of the British empire, weathered global upheaval and domestic scandal, and dramatically modernized the monarchy.

She died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland after doctors said they had become concerned about her health on Thursday.

Elizabeth ruled over the United Kingdom and 14 other Commonwealth realms, and became one of the most recognizable women ever to have lived. Her son, Charles, immediately became King upon her death.

Prince Harry is traveling to Balmoral from London, according to the UK’s PA Media news agency.

The Duke of Sussex was originally scheduled to attend the WellChild Awards in London on Thursday, which celebrates the inspirational qualities of seriously ill children and young people in the United Kingdom.

Harry canceled an appearance at the charity awards ceremony in London to fly to Scotland in the wake of fellow royals who have also travelled to Aberdeenshire, PA reported.

He is on his way to Balmoral separately from other royals but has been in coordination with other family members’ plans, a spokesperson for the Sussexes told CNN earlier on Thursday.

Prince Harry is still en route to Balmoral Castle, CNN royal correspondent Max Foster reports, and the family is likely waiting for him to arrive before any announcements on Queen Elizabeth II are made.

Prince Harry is traveling to Balmoral from London, according to UK’s PA Media news agency.

“We know Prince William’s arrived as well. I think we are only waiting on Prince Harry. We’re relying on local photographers here because you know this has only just happened and they’ve been based up there so we’re waiting to see images come through,” Foster said on CNN. “I think once Prince Harry is in there, whilst he’s not a working role but he’s still a senior member, still very high up in the line of succession. I think they want him there before any announcements were made. It would seem dismissive I think if the announcements were made before they were all inside behind those gates at Balmoral Castle. And then you need a bit of time for them to regroup a well.”
Foster also described the family’s rushed arrival to Balmoral Castle in Scotland earlier Thursday to be with Queen Elizabeth II as news of her declining health broke.

“They normally travel separately. They are all in one car. Their faces are stark. Prince Andrew in the front very close to the Queen and Prince Edward also increasingly close to the Queen in recent years because he has been taking on more and more responsibilities and you know we just have to look at those faces and try to read what we can into them and they are all in the same car and they didn’t have to be. It feels to me like they… rushed to get there as quickly as possible and this was the most efficient way,” Foster said in reference to a photo of members of the Royal family arriving at the castle.

Dozens of onlookers, tourists and well-wishers of Queen Elizabeth II gathered outside Buckingham Palace in London on Thursday following the news that the monarch was under medical supervision.

Many people have also gathered near the Queen Victoria Memorial, across from the Palace. Others are staring through the gates.

The Queen is not currently in her London residence — the Palace said in a statement earlier on Thursday that she “remains comfortable and at Balmoral” castle in Scotland.

The rain and gray skies did little to stop London tour guide Nicholas Player, 41, from visiting the palace once he finished work.

He described the news of the Queen’s ill health as “sad” but told CNN he had every hope she would recover.

 

“She is part of everyone’s life; she’s bridged the gap between many age groups,” he said as he held an umbrella with a Union Jack design.

“(She’s) the grandmother of the nation, really, and I don’t think there’s one person who really doesn’t like her,” he added.

CNN’s Anna Stewart contributed to this report.

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