Following the deeply sad news that Queen Elizabeth II has passed away at the age of 96, surrounded by her closest loved ones at her Balmoral estate in Scotland, her eldest son, Charles, has shared his first statement as King.
Having now inherited the throne from his "beloved" mother, Charles (who did not sign the new statement off as 'King Charles III' but who will be known by that the moniker throughout his reign) said his family will find comfort in knowing how very loved Her Majesty was – and by so many.
The plan for him and new Queen Consort, Camilla Duchess of Cornwall, is to remain at Balmoral overnight (along with his siblings Princess Anne, Prince Edward and Prince Andrew, and his sons, Prince William and Prince Harry) and travel back to London tomorrow.
"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."
His statement continues on to read: "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."
Earlier today, King Charles' social channels also announced the news of The Queen's death with a black and white image of Her Majesty and the words: "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."
Our thoughts are with all of the Royal Family at this very sad time.
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