King Charles III has paid a moving tribute to his late mother, Queen Elizabeth II, after her death was announced today (Thursday, September 8).
Queen Elizabeth II passed away at the age of 96, with the announcement made at 6.30pm this evening.
King Charles' statement reads: "The death of my beloved Mother, Her Majesty The Queen, 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.
A statement from His Majesty The King: pic.twitter.com/AnBiyZCher
— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) September 8, 2022
"I know her loss will be deeply felt throughout the country, the Realms and the Commonwealth and by countless people around the world.
"During this period of mourning and change, my family and I will be comforted and sustained by our knowledge of the respect and deep affection in which the Queen was so widely held."
It has also been confirmed by Clarence House that the new king will be known as His Majesty King Charles III.
Whilst the royal family enters a period of mourning, Buckingham Palace lowered the flag as it released a statement this evening, which read: "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."
The Palace had previously confirmed that the late monarch was under medical supervision at Balmoral, after doctors became concerned for her health at around lunch time today.
Senior members of the royal family and royal household made their way to Balmoral on Thursday afternoon, soon after the Palace's announcement.
Queen Elizabeth II is survived by her four children – King Charles III, Anne, the Princess Royal, Prince Andrew, Duke of York, and Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, as well as eight grandchildren, including Princes William and Harry, and 12 great-grandchildren.
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