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Queen Elizabeth II dies: King Charles III expresses ‘greatest sadness’ upon passing of his mother in first statement as monarch – latest updates | The Queen

King Charles III makes first statement as monarch after death of his mother

King Charles has made a statement about the death of his mother, Queen Elizabeth.

He said: “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

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Sarah, Duchess of York, said she was “heartbroken” at the death of the Queen and praised her for “giving her whole life selflessly to the people of the UK and Commonwealth”.

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She said: “I will miss her more than words can express.”

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King Charles III is expected to have an audience with the prime minister on Friday.

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He is also expected to address the nation and the Commonwealth.

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The Australian prime minister, Anthony Albanese, said “an historic reign and a long life devoted to duty, family, faith and service has come to an end”.

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“The government and the people of Australia offer our deepest condolences to the royal family, who are grieving for a beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother—the person whom for so long was their greatest inner strength.

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“Australian hearts go out to the people of the United Kingdom who mourn today, knowing they will feel they have lost part of what makes their nation whole.

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There is comfort to be found in Her Majesty’s own words: “Grief is the price we pay for love.”

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“This is a loss we all feel, for few have known a world without Queen Elizabeth II.”

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People will be able to pay their respects to the Queen as the monarch’s coffin is expected to lie in rest for 24 hours at St Giles’ Cathedral in Edinburgh, the PA news agency reports.

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It is expected that members of the public will be allowed into the cathedral to file past the coffin when it resides there in about three days’ time.

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After news of the Queen’s death was announced, Rev Calum MacLeod, minister of the cathedral, paid tribute to such a “strong and faithful servant”.

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In a message on the cathedral’s website, he said: “With the whole nation, we at St Giles’ Cathedral mourn the death of HM the Queen, strong and faithful servant to the UK and Commonwealth for so many years.

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“We send our heartfelt condolences to the royal family.”

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Members of the royal family will be expected in the coming days to hold a vigil around the Queen’s coffin in St Giles.

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A service will be held in the cathedral and the Queen’s children are expected to stage a vigil around the Queen’s coffin – known as the Vigil of the Princes – while it lies in there.

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Liz Truss was informed of the Queen’s death at 4.30pm, the prime minister’s official spokesperson said.

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The UK’s prime minister was told the news by the cabinet secretary, Simon Case.

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Following her statement in Downing Street, Truss spoke to King Charles III and she is also expected to chair a meeting of ministers at 9pm.

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Here are some more tributes from world leaders.

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Germany’s Chancellor Olaf Scholz said: “We mourn the death of Queen Elizabeth II. She was a role model and inspiration for millions, also here in Germany.

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“Her commitment to German-British reconciliation after the horrors of World War II will remain unforgotten. She will be missed, not least her wonderful humour.

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Portugal’s prime minister, António Costa, said: “It is with sadness that we learn the news of the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

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“Her 70-year long reign has marked British history since the second world war.

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“My sincere condolences to the royal family and to the people of the United Kingdom.”

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The Church of England has said church bells are expected to be tolled across England tomorrow.

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Parish churches, chapels and cathedrals are being encouraged to toll their bells and open for prayer or special services following the announcement from Buckingham Palace.

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Guidance from the Central Council of Church Bell Ringers recommends tolling bells for one hour from noon tomorrow.

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General guidance for parish churches on marking the passing of the sovereign, which is available online and being shared with parishes through dioceses, also contains advice on flying flags at half-mast and opening books of condolence.

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Liturgies for official commemorative services and special prayers will also be made available.

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The Twitter account for William and Kate now refers to the couple as the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and Cambridge.

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They had previously been known as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge but they now appear to have taken on the titles once reserved for Charles and Camilla.

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The US president, Joe Biden, and first lady, Jill Biden, said the Queen “was more than a monarch. She defined an era.”

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“In a world of constant change, she was a steadying presence and a source of comfort and pride for generations of Britons, including many who have never known their country without her.

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“An enduring admiration for Queen Elizabeth II united people across the Commonwealth. The seven decades of her history-making reign bore witness to an age of unprecedented human advancement and the forward march of human dignity.

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“She was the first British monarch to whom people all around the world could feel a personal and immediate connection—whether they heard her on the radio as a young princess speaking to the children of the United Kingdom, or gathered around their televisions for her coronation, or watched her final Christmas speech or her platinum jubilee on their phones. And she, in turn, dedicated her whole life to their service.”

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The French president, Emmanuel Macron, said: “Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II embodied the British nation’s continuity and unity for over 70 years.”

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“I remember her as a friend of France, a kind-hearted queen who has left a lasting impression on her country and her century.

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“I remember her as a friend of France, a kind-hearted queen who has left a lasting impression on her country and her century.”

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King Charles has made a statement about the death of his mother, Queen Elizabeth.

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He said: “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.

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“We mourn profoundly the passing of a cherished Sovereign and a much-loved mother.”

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The prime minister, Liz Truss, has said the Queen’s death is a “huge shock to the nation and the world”.

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Truss said the Queen was “the rock on which modern Britain was built and our country has flourished under her reign”.

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Prime minister Liz Truss is due to make a statement at Downing Street on the Queen’s death shortly.

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The Prince of Wales becomes king immediately, though his official coronation will not take place for some time.

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It is expected Charles will hold his first audience with the prime minister some time today.

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A formal proclamation will be made as soon as practicably possible at an accession council at St James’s Palace.

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Members of the privy council, which advises the monarch on matters of state, will be summoned. Traditionally invitees include members of the House of Lords, the lord mayor, aldermen and other leading citizens of the City of London, as well as the high commissioners in London of member nations of the Commonwealth.

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Queen Elizabeth II, the longest-reigning monarch in British history, has died.

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Prince Charles, heir to the throne since the age of three, is now king, and will be officially proclaimed at St James’s Palace in London as soon as practicably possible.

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Flags on landmark buildings in Britain and across the Commonwealth were being lowered to half mast as a period of official mourning was announced.

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As Queen of the UK and 15 other realms, and head of the 54-nation Commonwealth, Elizabeth II was easily the world’s most recognisable head of state during an extraordinarily long reign.

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Coming to the throne at the age of 25, she successfully steered the monarchy through many squalls during decades of turbulent change, with her personal popularity providing ballast during the institution’s more difficult times.

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Fifteen prime ministers served her, attesting to her extraordinary knowledge, experience of world affairs and mastery of political neutrality.

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There were undoubted low points, but the mass outpouring of affection demonstrated on her silver, golden and diamond jubilees testified to the special place she held in the nation’s heart.

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And she regarded her role as a life-long duty. In her silver jubilee message in 1977, the Queen said: “When I was 21, I pledged my life to the service of our people, and asked for God’s help to make that vow. Although that vow was made in my salad days, when I was green in judgment, I do not regret nor retract one word of it.”

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Key events

Celebrities from the world’s of music and film have paid tribute to the Queen.

Sir Elton Johnwho performed at the Queen’s Jubilee performance at Buckingham Palace three months ago, said he deeply was saddened to hear the news.

Along with the rest of the nation, I am deeply saddened to hear the news of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth’s passing. She was an inspiring presence to be around and led the country through some of our greatest and darkest times with grace, decency and a genuine caring warmth. Queen Elizabeth has been a huge part of my life from childhood to this day, and I will miss her dearly.

Sir Paul McCartney said “God bless Queen Elizabeth II. May she rest in peace. Long live The King”, while Black Sabbath singer Ozzy Osbourne said: “I mourn with my country the passing of our greatest Queen. With a heavy heart I say it is devastating the thought of England without Queen Elizabeth II.”

Hello. My name is Martin Farrer and I’m taking over the blog from Nadeem.

Crowds have begun to gather outside Buckinham Palace and other royal residences around Britain as they nation gears up for 10 days of mourning.

Mourners on Queen Victoria Memorial outside Buckingham Palace on Thursday night.
Mourners on Queen Victoria Memorial outside Buckingham Palace on Thursday night. Artwork: Yui Mok/PA
Floral tributes left outside Buckingham Palace on Thursday evening.
Floral tributes left outside Buckingham Palace on Thursday evening. Photograph: Yui Mok/PA

Despite heavy rain, people massed outside the palace and ugly flowers at the gates in scenes reminiscent of the aftermath of the death of Princess Diana almost exactly 25 years ago.

People lay flowers and pay their respects at the gate of Sandringham House in Norfolk.
People lay flowers and pay their respects at the gate of Sandringham House in Norfolk. Photograph: Joe Giddens/PA
Crowds on the Mall near Buckingham Palace this evening.
Crowds on the Mall near Buckingham Palace this evening. Photograph: REX/Shutterstock

The BBC has announced as a mark of respect to the Queen, it we will not be going ahead with Prom 71 on 9 September or the Last Night of the Proms on 10 September.

Sports events in the UK will hold a day of mourning for the Queen on Friday, with the third Test between England and South Africa and the PGA championship at Wentworth among the events to be paused for at least a day as a mark of respect.

All Football League fixtures on Friday and the third day of racing’s St Leger festival at Doncaster have also been called off, while the RFU will announce in the morning whether Bristol v Bath and Sale v Northampton will go ahead.

More than 5,000 miles away in California, expats and Americans alike came together to honor the Queen at a pub.

At Ye Olde Kings Head, in Santa Monica, a shrine dedicated to the monarch, featuring candles, roses and pictures was placed outside.

Duchess of York says she is “heartbroken” at Queen’s death

Sarah, Duchess of York, said she was “heartbroken” at the death of the Queen and praised her for “giving her whole life selflessly to the people of the UK and Commonwealth”.

She said: “I will miss her more than words can express.”

I am heartbroken by the passing of Her Majesty the Queen. She leaves behind an extraordinary legacy: the most fantastic example of duty and service and steadfastness, and a constant steadying presence as our head of state for more than 70 years. pic.twitter.com/3X6Lpy98lr

— Sarah Ferguson (@SarahTheDuchess) September 8, 2022

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I am heartbroken by the passing of Her Majesty the Queen. She leaves behind an extraordinary legacy: the most fantastic example of duty and service and steadfastness, and a constant steadying presence as our head of state for more than 70 years. pic.twitter.com/3X6Lpy98lr

— Sarah Ferguson (@SarahTheDuchess) September 8, 2022

She has given her whole life selflessly to the people of the UK & the Commonwealth.
To me, she was the most incredible mother-in-law and friend. I will always be grateful to her for the generosity she showed me in remaining close to me even after my divorce.

— Sarah Ferguson (@SarahTheDuchess) September 8, 2022

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She has given her whole life selflessly to the people of the UK & the Commonwealth.
To me, she was the most incredible mother-in-law and friend. I will always be grateful to her for the generosity she showed me in remaining close to me even after my divorce.

— Sarah Ferguson (@SarahTheDuchess) September 8, 2022

The Eiffel Tower is to switch off its lights at midnight.

In tribute to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, tonight, I will turn my lights off at midnight.#QueenElizabethII

— La tour Eiffel (@LaTourEiffel) September 8, 2022

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The London Eye dimmed its lights at sunset today.

In a statement, the landmark’s Twitter account said: “The London Eye will join with mourners around the world during this period of national remembrance.

“In honor of Her Majesty, we will switch off our lights from sunset this evening.”

UK theaters are also set to dim their lights and observe a minute’s silence, playing the national anthem and opening books of condolence.

While other sights dimmed their lights, New York’s Empire State building lit up in regal purple.

Tonight, our tower lights will shine in purple and sparkle in silver to honor the life and legacy of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II. pic.twitter.com/qIpk7lQgbc

— Empire State Building (@EmpireStateBldg) September 8, 2022

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Tonight, our tower lights will shine in purple and sparkle in silver to honor the life and legacy of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II. pic.twitter.com/qIpk7lQgbc

— Empire State Building (@EmpireStateBldg) September 8, 2022

Mourners gather outside Windsor Castle.

Despite the wet weather, mourners gather outside Windsor Castle, Berkshire, following the announcement of the death of Queen Elizabeth II.
Despite the wet weather, mourners gather outside Windsor Castle, Berkshire, following the announcement of the death of Queen Elizabeth II. Photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA
Ben Quinn

Ben Quinn

Leaders of Sinn Fein, the Irish republican party which has made a political journey to the mainstream from having been the political wing of a terrorist group that waged a violent campaign for decades against the British state, have joined others in passing on condolences to the Royal Family.

Sinn Fein’s vice president Michelle O’Neill said she had learned of the death of the Queen with “deep regret,” tweeting: “The British people will miss the leadership she gave as monarch,” she tweeted.

“I would like to offer my sincere sympathies and condolences to her children, and wider family as they come to terms with their grievance,” added O’Neill, who is also currently the First Minister designate of Northern Ireland’s power sharing administration, which is currently suspended

“I wish to especially acknowledge the profound sorrow of our neighbors from within the unionist community who will feel her loss deeply.
“Personally, I am grateful for Queen Elizabeth’s significant contribution and determined efforts to advancing peace and reconciliation.”

Mary Lou McDonald, the Dublin-based leader of Sinn Fein, where the party is polling heavily and widely expected to enter government, said on Twitter: “To the Royal Family and all who mourn the death of Queen Elizabeth, especially Irish Unionists, I extend sincere sympathy.”

The message, which was retweeted by the party’s former president, Gerry Adams, added: “She lived a long, full life. In her lifetime relationships between our countries were changed and changing. I salute her contribution to this transformation.”

The messages of sympathy came as the the party also sent out an email to members warning them to behave on social media on a day when emotions will have been running particularly high among members of Northern Ireland’s unionist community.

An email stated, which included a link to the party’s social media guidelines, stated: “All Sinn Fein activists are reminded that it is important to respectful, accurate, legally sound, use appropriate language, avoid using any forms of personal abuse and be in line with party policy when engaging on social media.”

Caroline Davies

Caroline Davies

Here is an explainer on the protocol for the next ten days.

Richard Adams

Richard Adams

The Department for Education (DfE) has said schools and further education colleges in England should remain open as normal during the official mourning period following the Queen’s death, until further notice.

In a message to principals and heads, the DfE said it would issue further guidance on closures after details of the funeral are confirmed by the Royal household.

The DfE said: “Schools and Further Education settings should remain open. While normal attendance is expected, headteachers continue to have the power to authorize leaves of absence for pupils in exceptional circumstances.”

It said schools may want to “consider conducting special activities, holding assemblies or adapting planned lessons” to commemorate the Queen’s life during the mourning period.

Dame Helen Mirren, who portrayed the Queen on the silver screen and on the stage, described the monarch as the “epitome of nobility”.

In a post on Instagram, the Oscar-winning British actor said: “I am proud to be an Elizabethan. We mourn a woman, who, with or without the crown, was the epitome of nobility.”

Here is a piece from my colleague Robert Booth on how royal symbols will now gradually change.

A tribute to Queen Elizabeth II is displayed on a big screen in Leicester Square in central London, following the announcement of her death aged 96.
A tribute to Queen Elizabeth II is displayed on a big screen in Leicester Square in central London, following the announcement of her death aged 96. Photograph: James Manning/PA
A woman takes a photo of the Nasdaq billboard displaying a photo of Queen Elizabeth II in Times Square in New York.
A woman takes a photo of the Nasdaq billboard displaying a photo of Queen Elizabeth II in Times Square in New York. Photograph: Alexi Rosenfeld/Getty Images

Here is more details on the new king paying tribute to his “beloved mother” in a statement declaring the death of the Queen to be “a moment of the greatest sadness for me and all members of my family”.

The first statement “from His Majesty the King” said: “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.”

In remarks released just half an hour after Buckingham Palace announced that the Queen, 96, had died peacefully at Balmoral on Thursday afternoon, Charles, 73, said: “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 Premier of Bermuda, David Burt, has paid the following tribute:

“A life of undimmed duty, a model of strength and devotion to country…

“Queen Elizabeth’s reign has spanned decades of such immense change for the United Kingdom and the world.

“The recognition of her longevity and the significance of her service affords this consequential reign a unique place in history.

“Beyond the role which the Queen fulfilled for these 70 years within the UK and the Commonwealth, she was a mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and her family is now mourning that loss.

“On behalf of the Government and people of Bermuda, I express sincere condolences to the Royal Family and the people of the United Kingdom.”

King Charles expected to have audience with PM on Friday

Caroline Davies

Caroline Davies

King Charles III is expected to have an audience with the prime minister on Friday.

He is also expected to address the nation and the Commonwealth.

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