The official announcement came with an English note from Buckingham Palace at 6.30 pm: “His Majesty Queen Elizabeth died peacefully this afternoon in Balmoral“. The Queen, 96, has left us in the Scottish residence of Balmoral, where her conditions, fragile in recent times despite the iron temperament, had worsened in the past few hours. The BBC followed the announcement with a moment of silence and the sound of the hymn God Save the Queen.
At 73 years old, the new ruler of the United Kingdom will be known by the name King Charles III. Clarence House confirmed this after the British new premier Liz Truss had named the Queen’s first son in his speech to the nation following the Queen’s death. “The death of my beloved mother is a moment of great sadness for me and all the members of my family”, are the first words of Charles, who became king. “I know that his death will be deeply felt across the country, the kingdom, the Commonwealth, and by countless people around the world,” he added. “The awareness of affection and respect felt for the queen is comforting.”.