Prince Charles Assumes the Throne as King Charles III
Queen Elizabeth II, the longest-serving monarch in British history has passed away peacefully at her Scottish Highland retreat on Thursday. She was 96.
Charles, Prince of Wales, who at 73 was the oldest heir apparent in British history, became king immediately, with the title of King Charles III. The name graces the throne for the first time since 1685 with King Charles II.
The news triggered condolences from across the globe as world leaders took on the podium to pay homage to the Queen’s passing. Her reign lasted 70 over years, encompassing two centuries of political and technological upheaval.
An icon that is known across the world, many upon hearing about her death rushed to the gates of Buckingham Palace to leave flowers and flickering candles as the billboards light up with images of the Queen.
In his first words as monarch, King Charles III expressed that the Queen’s death is “a moment of the greatest sadness for me and all members of my family. We mourn profoundly the passing of a cherished Sovereign and a much-loved Mother,” he added in a statement signed – His Majesty the King.
“I know her loss will be deeply felt throughout the country, the Realms and the Commonwealth and by countless people around the world.”
Buckingham Palace announced the Queen’s death in a short statement, which will be followed by 10 days of national mourning and a global outpouring of tributes to her long life and record-breaking reign.
“The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon,” said the statement issued at 6:30 pm (1730 GMT).
“The King (Charles) and The Queen Consort (Camilla) will remain at Balmoral this evening and will return to London tomorrow.”
Prime Minister Liz Truss mourned “the passing of the second Elizabethan age” nearly 500 years after the first. “God save the King,” she concluded, a statement not uttered in Britain since 1952.
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