King Charles III to speak today following the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II –

The Queen’s son Charles, former Prince of Wales, now His Majesty King Charles III.

His eldest son William will now inherit the title of Duke of Cornwall, though not yet Prince of Wales. Prince Harry will remain the Duke of Sussex.

The longtime heir to the British throne became king the moment his mother died yesterday, as demonstrated in the statement announcing her death:

“The Queen passed away peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon. The King and Queen Consort will stay at Balmoral tonight and return to London tomorrow.

Later in the evening, the new king released a statement of his own deploring her passing:

“The death of my beloved mother, Her Majesty the Queen, is a moment of greatest sadness for me and all members of my family.

“We deeply mourn the death of our beloved Sovereign and beloved Mother. I know that her loss will be deeply felt throughout the country, the Realms and the Commonwealth, and by countless people around the world.

“In this period of mourning and change, my family and I will be comforted and supported by our knowledge of the respect and deep affection that the Queen enjoyed so widely.”

Charles is understood to be making a longer public statement today as he prepares to formally become king in a ceremony in front of the Accession Council in London.

The new sovereign was with his mother and sister Princess Anne when the monarch died on Thursday afternoon at her Scottish castle of Balmoral. Other members of the royal family hurried there, but arrived only later.

Charles’s wife, Camilla, became queen with him, receiving the official title of queen consort. Although for many years no one expected Camilla to become queen – after the scandal surrounding Charles’s divorce from Diana, and especially after the death of the latter in 1997 – one of Queen Elizabeth’s last public actions was to express her desire to give Camilla a title as a sign recognition of her longtime support for the monarchy.

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