QUEEN ELIZABETH II has died, meaning a major title change for Kate and Prince William. Prince Charles is now the King after the Queen died at Balmoral in Aberdeen this afternoon at the age of 96. Her death marks the end of 70 years on the throne, and follows the death of her husband Prince Philip who died on April 9, 2021, aged 99.
Buckingham Palace confirmed the news saying: “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.” Prince Charles’s eldest son, Prince William, and his wife the Duchess of Cambridge will now be known as the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and Cambridge.
Charles, who became released his first statement as 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.” “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 73-year-old travelled to be by his mother’s side along with the Queen’s three other children, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward. Prince William also made the trip to Balmoral while Kate stayed at Windsor. Their three children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis attended their first day of school on Thursday at Lambrook School in Windsor. As King Charles eldest son, William now becomes the hair apparent as first in line to the throne.
William only became a full-time royal at the age of 35 in 2017, when he stepped down from his air ambulance role. He has focused much of his charitable work on mental health, particularly trying to break the stigma surrounding men’s mental health. William is also expected to, but does not automatically, become the Prince of Wales.
It is up to the new king to decide whether to, or when to, confer the title created for the male heir to the throne. George is now second in line to the throne, Charlotte third, and Louis fourth, with Harry once again fifth in line. Kate is a queen in waiting and will play a key role as one of the Windsors’ most senior women. Clarence House confirmed Charles will be known as King Charles III and Camilla as Queen Consort.
In the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations, she expressed her wishes for Camilla to take the title when Charles took the throne. The Queen’s death marks the end of 70 years on the throne, and follows the death of her husband Prince Philip who died on April 9, 2021, aged 99.