Prince Charles became King Charles III immediately after the death of his mother, although his coronation will take some time.
Queen Elizabeth II, the longest reigning monarch in British history, died on September 8, 2022 at the age of 96. Charles was the Prince of Wales and her heir; the royal family already calls him “king”.
The Royal Family announced the sad news on September 8, 2022, writing: “The Queen passed away peacefully in Balmoral this afternoon. The King and The Queen Consort will remain in Balmoral tonight and return to London tomorrow.”
There has not been a King Charles in England since the 16th century.
Who was King Charles II? He was known as “Merry Monarch”. Charles II lived from 1630 to 1685, according to the Brittanica. He “was restored to the throne after years of exile during the Puritan Commonwealth. The years of his reign are known in English history as the Restoration period,” reports the site. According to the BBC, King Charles I was the father of King Charles II.
Here’s what you need to know:
In an opinionThe new King Charles said his mother’s death was “a moment of greatest sadness for me and all members of my family”.
King Charles’ statement continued: “We deeply mourn the passing of a esteemed sovereign and a well-loved mother. I know their loss will be deeply felt across the land, in the rich and in the Commonwealth, and by countless people around the world.”
He added, “During this time of grief and change, my family and I are comforted and strengthened by our knowledge of the respect and deep affection that was so widespread for the Queen.”
According to USA Today, Prince Charles became king “immediately” after his mother’s death.
The Queen’s family, including Charles and his wife Camilla, rushed to her bedside at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on September 8, 2022 as fears over her health escalated. The Queen has struggled with mobility issues and has looked increasingly frail since the death of her husband, Prince Philip, who died in April 2021 aged 99. The official cause of death was not yet clear.
Camilla is now known as the Queen Consort. That was a position the Queen took publicly last spring.
Elizabeth II became queen in 1952, but her coronation took place in 1953, according to Biography.com.
The Queen’s death was known by the code name “London Bridge”.
According to the BBC, all of the Queen’s children – Charles, Anne, Edward and Andrew – traveled to her bedside in Balmoral, as did Prince William.
Prince Harry also traveled to Scotland, according to the Daily Mail. However, his wife Meghan stayed behind in London, according to Page Six. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were in England and Germany for a series of events this week but had yet to see the royal family.
According to the Daily Mail, William, Edward and Andrew, as well as Edward’s wife Sophie, flew to Scotland on a Royal Air Force jet to be at the Queen’s bedside. William’s wife Kate stayed behind with their children.
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