London: Prince Charles is the new King and head of state of the United Kingdom and 15 commonwealth nations following the death of his mother.
The former Prince of Wales automatically became the new monarch the moment Queen Elizabeth II died – but his coronation will likely not take place for many months.
In a statement issued by the Royal Family on behalf of Charles, the new King, writes: “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.
“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.”
The Queen guided the UK and the monarchy through generations of change, winning respect and admiration around the world for her dedication to duty.
“The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon,” The Royal Family said in a Twitter post at 11pm.
“The King and The Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral this evening and will return to London tomorrow,” the post added.
The 96-year-old was under medical supervision at Balmoral after doctors became worried for her health, Buckingham Palace had announced.
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