Queen Elizabeth II, the longest-serving monarch in British history and an icon instantly recognisable to billions of people around the world, has died aged 96, Buckingham Palace announced on Thursday.
Her eldest son, Charles, 73, succeeds as king immediately, according to centuries of protocol, beginning a new, less certain chapter for the royal family after the queen’s record-breaking 70-year reign.
According to Clarence House, he will be known as King Charles III. He will address the nation on Friday, his spokesman said, his first speech following the death of his mother Queen Elizabeth.
Charles, Britain’s new king, released the following statement on Thursday after the death of his mother, Queen Elizabeth.