Queen Elizabeth II, Britain’s longest-reigning monarch and the nation’s figurehead, departed peacefully on Thursday (Sep 8) at the age of 96 at her home in Scotland, in which she had spent most of the summer season.
Since her accession to the throne in 1952, the Queen has observed substantial social transformations.
Her son, King Charles III, described his mother’s death as a “moment of immense sadness” for him and his family, and said her loss would be “deeply felt” across the globe.
“We deeply grieve the passing of a treasured sovereign and a beloved mother. I know her loss will be felt deeply throughout the country, the realms, and the Commonwealth, as well as by innumerable people worldwide,” he stated, as per CNA.
During the mourning period, he said he and his family would be “consoled and sustained by our understanding of the widespread respect and great affection for the Queen.”
Buckingham Palace has since announced that the King and his wife, Camilla, now Queen Consort, will return to London on Friday. On Friday, he is scheduled to deliver a speech. Details of the funeral have yet to be confirmed.
Senior royals had gathered at Balmoral earlier in the day after the Queen’s doctors had voiced alarm about her wellbeing. After doctors placed the Queen under doctor’s supervision, all of the Queen’s children travelled to Balmoral, near Aberdeen.
Prince William, her grandson and now heir to the throne, and his brother, Prince Harry, were also present. Following Elizabeth’s death, Charles inherited the throne of the United Kingdom and 14 other realms, which include Australia, Canada, and New Zealand. He is scheduled to visit all of the United Kingdom’s nations in the days ahead.