Queen Elizabeth II, the UK's longest-serving monarch, has died at Balmoral aged 96, after reigning for 70 years.
Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II breathed her last in Scotland on Thursday. The 96-year-old monarch was not keeping well of late and was under medical supervision as doctors were “concerned for Her Majesty’s health”.
"The death of my beloved mother, Her Majesty The Queen is a moment of great sadness for me and all the members of the family. We mourn profoundly the passing of a cherished Sovereign and a much-loved mother. " the statement issued by the Royal Family on behalf of the new King Charles stated.
Television and radio stations interrupted regular programming to broadcast the news, with long-rehearsed special schedules set in place to remember her long life and reign.
The national anthem, “God Save the Queen”, was played. Flags were lowered and church bells tolled to remember a woman once described as the “last global monarch”.
The national mourning period will happen in a final public farewell at Westminster Abbey in central London.
Charles’ coronation, an elaborate ritual steeped in tradition and history, will take place in the same historic surroundings, as it has for centuries, on Friday.