Elizabeth II, the longest-reigning British monarch, passed away on Thursday at Balmoral Castle in Scotland, accompanied by her family. According to a statement released by Buckingham Palace, the 96-year-old died in his sleep at Balmoral this afternoon.
According to the Palace, Charles, the new king, and Camilla, the new queen consort, will spend tonight in Balmoral before flying back to London tomorrow. The Queen met with her 15th prime minister, Liz Truss, just days prior, and this news broke just hours after the Palace revealed that her physicians were worried about her health.
Queen Elizabeth Funeral Details
The formal funeral for the Queen, befitting her position as queen, will take place 12 days following her passing. Though the senior bishop of the Church of England, the Archbishop of Canterbury, is likely to preside over the ceremony, specific specifics have yet to be formally confirmed. After further details have been released, we will revise this post accordingly. We will also give information on how to watch the ceremony online or via broadcast in the United States.
There will be a 12-day period of mourning in the United Kingdom before the funeral, during which time Queen Elizabeth’s remains will likely lie in state and the general public will be permitted to pay their respects.
There is currently no set date for Charles to be coronated as king, despite the fact that he became monarch upon his mother’s death.