Live updates: Prince Edward says the Queen's death 'has left an unimaginable void in all our lives'

Members of the public file past the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II at the Palace of Westminster, London, on September 15, 2022.
Members of the public file past the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II at the Palace of Westminster, London, on September 15, 2022.Yui Mok/Pool via REUTERS
  • Queen Elizabeth II died at age 96 on September 8.

  • Her coffin was led through London on Wednesday, with William and Harry walking behind it.

  • The Queen's funeral is scheduled to take place on Monday.

Queen Elizabeth II died age 96 on September 8, ending an era for the United Kingdom and beginning the age of Charles III, her son and successor.

Prince Edward releases touching statement about his mother's death

Britain's Prince Edward speaks with people gathered outside Windsor Castle, following the death of Britain's Queen Elizabeth, in Windsor, Britain, September 16, 2022
Britain's Prince Edward speaks with people gathered outside Windsor Castle, following the death of Britain's Queen Elizabeth, in Windsor, Britain, September 16, 2022Peter Nicholls/Reuters

Queen Elizabeth II's youngest son, Prince Edward, said his mother's death "has left an unimaginable void in all our lives."

"We have been overwhelmed by the tide of emotion that has engulfed us and the sheer number of people who have gone out of their way to express their own love, admiration and respect to such a very special and unique person who was always there for us," the Earl of Wessex said in a statement shared with Insider from Buckingham Palace.

"And now, we are there for her, united in grief," he said, thanking everyone for their support in their time of mourning.


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David Beckham joined the hours-long queue to pay tribute to the Queen and said he got there at 2 a.m.

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David Beckham.Getty/Clive Mason

David Beckham joined the hours-long queue to pay tribute to Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Hall.

The soccer star told ITV at 2 p.m. local time that he joined the hour-long line at 2 a.m.

The Daily Mail reported that the line was getting backlogged as fans tried to take photos of the football star.


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Prince William said walking behind the Queen's casket reminded him of Princess Diana's funeral

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Roya Nikkhah, the royal editor for The Sunday Times, reported that the new Prince of Wales said walking behind the Queen's casket "brought back memories" from his mother's 1997 funeral.

Prince William and his brother, Prince Harry, walked behind Princess Diana's casket during its one-mile procession to Westminster Abbey on September 6, 1997.

William was 15 years old at the time, and Harry was 12 years old.


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Insider spoke to people in line waiting to pay tribute to the Queen at Westminster Hall

The crowd waiting in line to visit the Queen's coffin spanned a wide swath of ages, and included both British and non-British people.

An American family told Insider that they were on vacation in England when they heard the Queen died.

British veterans also lined up to pay tribute to the Queen.

"We're both ex-servicemen," Scott Davis, who served ten years in the Royal Army Medical Corps, said. "We swore an oath to the Queen at the beginning of our careers, and although we're not in the army anymore, it's just to pay our respects and come back."


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A royal guard collapsed in front of the Queen's coffin while standing watch

Members of the public file past as soldiers of The Grenadier Guards and Yeomen of the Guard, stand guard around the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, as it Lies in State inside Westminster Hall, at the Palace of Westminster.
Members of the public file past as soldiers of The Grenadier Guards and Yeomen of the Guard, stand guard around the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, as it Lies in State inside Westminster Hall, at the Palace of Westminster.Ben Stansall - WPA Pool/Getty Images

Videos circulating on TikTok and Twitter show the moment a royal guard fell forward onto the concrete stone floor on Thursday at Westminster Hall, where the Queen is lying in state for the public to pay their tributes.

Footage shows that officers rushed to the guard's aid after the fall.


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The line to visit Queen Elizabeth II's coffin reached four miles

A still from the UK Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport's livestream of the queue to visit Queen Elizabeth II's coffin on Thursday afternoon.
A still from the UK Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport's livestream of the queue to visit Queen Elizabeth II's coffin on Setpember 15, 2022.YouTube/Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport

The line to visit the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II in London reached four miles long on Thursday afternoon, according to the UK government's livetracker.

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport's livestread showed that the queue through London was four miles long just after midday.

Here's who will — and won't — be attending Queen Elizabeth II's funeral

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Queen Elizabeth II.Yui Mok/WPA Pool/Getty Images

The funeral for the Queen Elizabeth II will be held Monday in front of 2,000 family members, heads of state, and other royals at Westminster Abbey.

The deadline to RSVP to the event is Thursday, and the invite list limits each country to a single head of state and a plus one.

Heads of state that cannot attend can pass their invitation to a named representative.

This is who will be in attendance — and who will not — at the Queen's funeral Monday:


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From cancer screenings to hip replacements, hospitals are canceling care on the day of the Queen's funeral. People who have waited years for treatment are furious.

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A domestic caretaker steps out for a breath of air; King Charles III at his mother's procession.Lynsey Addario/Getty Images, Mark Cuthbert/UK Press

Thousands of people in the UK — some of whom have waited years for medical care — have been put back on hospital waitlists for "non-urgent" procedures and appointments that had been scheduled for the day of the Queen's funeral.

Procedures including hip and knee replacements, cataract surgeries, maternity checks, and some cancer treatments have been canceled or delayed due to the national public holiday announced for Monday, September 19.


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Meghan Markle wore earrings gifted to her by the Queen during a service in London

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The Duchess of Sussex honored the late Queen with a diamond, pearl accessory.WPA Pool/Getty Images

Photos show Meghan Markle wore the earrings to a service in which the Queen's coffin was transferred from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall on Wednesday.

The Queen gifted Markle the pearl and diamond drop earrings in 2018, according to People.

Markle was spotted wearing the earrings about a month after marrying Prince Harry, at a royal outing with the Queen in Cheshire.

At the outing, Queen Elizabeth wore a matching set of pearl earrings.


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Prince William, Kate Middleton, Prince Harry, and Meghan Markle stood together behind the Queen’s coffin during a service in London

Prince William, Kate Middleton, Prince Harry, and Meghan Markle at a service for the Queen.
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Prince William, Kate Middleton, Prince Harry, and Meghan Markle attended a service on Wednesday in which the Queen's coffin was transferred from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall.

This was their second public reunion since the Queen's death.

The Queen's coffin will lie in state at Westminster Hall in the days leading up to her funeral.


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Westminster Abbey's bells are playing with a sound nobody has heard since George VI died in 1952

Westminster Abbey said on Wednesday that its bells are ringing fully muffled, with leather pads that are fitted to clappers to make the sounds more soft and solemn.

The church said the muffles are only used following the death of a monarch.

 

The Kremlin says Putin won't attend the Queen's funeral, but he reportedly wasn't even invited

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Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters in a call on Wednesday that Russian President Vladimir Putin "sent a telegram of condolences" but had "no other plans to participate in memorial or other events," according to CNN.

A senior British government source told CNN this week that Russian officials would not be welcome at the Queen's funeral at London's Westminster Abbey, due to Putin's unprovoked, nearly seven-month war with Ukraine.

The source said representatives from Belarus and Myanmar were not invited either.


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Prince Harry and Prince William join King Charles and other royals as they walk behind the Queen's coffin in London

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Members of the royal family walking behind the Queen's coffin on September 14, 2022.Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images

The Duke of Sussex and the Prince of Wales were photographed walking side by side behind the Queen's coffin on Wednesday.

Queen Elizabeth's coffin was transported to Edinburgh earlier this week, where the public were invited to pay their respects at St Giles' Cathedral. It was flown to London on Tuesday evening.

Prince Harry and Prince William joined King Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew, and Prince Edward in leading a procession from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall, where the Queen's body will lie in state until her funeral on Monday.


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Crowds are waiting for the Queen's coffin to move through London

Mounted Household Cavalry ride along the route prior to the procession of the Gun Carriage which will carry the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall in London, Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2022
Mounted Household Cavalry ride along the route prior to the procession of the Gun Carriage which will carry the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall in London on September 14, 2022.AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth

Crowds have gathered through London to see the procession of Queen Elizabeth II's coffin.

The procession is due to start at 14.22 p.m., bringing the coffin through parts of the city to Westminster Hall.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry were pictured with King Charles for the first time since the Queen's death as they waited to receive the late monarch's coffin

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex and King Charles were pictured at Buckingham Palace.Kirsty O'Connor/Pool/AFP/Getty Images, Jeremy Selwyn - WPA Pool/Getty Images

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were photographed with King Charles on Tuesday as they waited to receive the Queen's coffin at Buckingham Palace.

It marked Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's first time being publicly pictured with the king since Queen Elizabeth died at Balmoral Castle on Thursday at the age of 96.


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William and Harry will walk behind the Queen's coffin

Queen Elizabeth II with Prince William and Prince Harry in 2008.
Queen Elizabeth II with Prince William and Prince Harry in 2008.Samir Hussein/Getty Images

Brothers Prince William and Prince Harry will walk together with King Charles III behind the Queen's coffin on Monday, the BBC reported.

The Queen's coffin is due to move through parts of London in a procession on Monday before it arrives at Westminster Hall.

There have been long-standing rumors of a rift between William and Harry as well as their wives, Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle.

 

People could line up for 30 hours to see the Queen's coffin

The hearse carrying the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II arrives at Buckingham Palace, London, September 13, 2022.
The hearse carrying the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II arrives at Buckingham Palace, London, September 13, 2022.Paul Childs/Pool Photo via AP

People waiting to see Queen Elizabeth II's coffin in London may line up for 30 hours to do so, the BBC reported.

Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to queue to see her coffin, which the public will be able to visit from Wednesday.

People started lining up on Monday, The Guardian then reported.

People then waited overnight in the rain on Tuesday night.

 

Some hospital appointments are canceled the day of the Queen's funeral

Pallbearers from the Royal Air Force Regiment carry the coffin of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on September 13, 2022.
Pallbearers from the Royal Air Force Regiment carry the coffin of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on September 13, 2022.A/CPL Ciaran McFalls RAF/Pool via REUTERS

Some hospital appointments will be cancelled on the day of Queen Elizabeth II's funeral, which is a public holiday, the BBC reported.

The funeral will be held on Monday, when planned appointments are not going ahead in parts of the country.

Up to 100 members of King Charles' staff were told they could lose their jobs as he prepares to move to Buckingham Palace: report

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Prince Charles and Prince William at the Order of the Garter.Samir Hussein/Getty Images

Dozens of longtime members of King Charles III's staff at Clarence House are at risk of losing their jobs as the new king prepares to move palaces, The Guardian reported Tuesday.

Up to 100 employees were issued redundancy notices during the service for Queen Elizabeth II at St. Giles' Cathedral in Edinburgh on Monday, per the report. The notices come as employees at the king's former official residence are working overtime to help him transition to life at Buckingham Palace. 


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The Queen's coffin arrived in London. On Wednesday, the public can begin paying their respects to her at Westminster Hall.

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The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II arrived at St Giles' Cathedral on September 12, 2022 in Edinburgh, Scotland.Rasid Necati Aslim/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Queen Elizabeth II's coffin arrived in London on Tuesday after a journey from Balmoral in Scotland.

The coffin will now be taken to the Bow Room in Buckingham Palace, where the Queen will spend a final night before being transferred to Westminster Hall, where mourners will be able to pay their respects.


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Photos show the British Army's dress rehearsal for the Queen's funeral procession in the middle of the night

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Members of the British Army on the Buckingham Palace Mall rehearsing for the Queen's funeral.Ministry of Defence

The British Army had a dress rehearsal for the Queen's funeral in the early morning hours on Tuesday.

Photos show soldiers and horses marching on what will be the funeral procession route in London.


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George W. Bush's daughter Jenna had a 'joyful' dinner with King Charles III the night before the Queen died

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Jenna Bush Hager and King Charles III.Nathan Congleton/NBC via Getty Images; Karwai Tang/WireImage

Former US President George W. Bush's journalist daughter Jenna Bush Hager said that she had a "joyful" dinner with King Charles III in Scotland the night before Queen Elizabeth II died.

Bush Hager, a "Today" show co-host, said that she believed that his mother's death the next day at the age of 96 came as a "surprise" to the royal family.


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King Charles arrives in Northern Ireland during his first UK tour as monarch days after the Queen's death

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King Charles and Camilla, Queen Consort, arrive in Belfast, Northern Ireland on Tuesday.Liam McBurney/pool via AP

King Charles III arrived in Northern Ireland as part of his first UK tour as monarch.

The king was accompanied by Camilla, Queen Consort, as they met with Lord Lieutenant of Belfast Fionnuala Jay-O'Boyle at Belfast City Airport on Tuesday morning.

The couple are due to undertake several engagements while in Belfast, including a visit to Hillsborough Castle, where they will meet with Gawn William Rowan Hamilton, Lord-Lieutenant of County Down, according to a Buckingham Palace press release sent to Insider.

They will then undertake a walkabout at the castle and view floral tributes for Queen Elizabeth. Then, the king has a private meeting with Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Chris Heaton-Harris, before departing for St Anne's Cathedral in the afternoon to attend a Service of Reflection for Queen Elizabeth. An estimated 800 guests are expected to attend, according to the press release.

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Camilla, Queen Consort, honored Queen Elizabeth by wearing a brooch gifted to her by the late monarch

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Camilla, Queen Consort, wore a brooch gifted to her by Queen Elizabeth.Dominic Lipinski - WPA Pool/Getty Images, Jane Barlow - WPA Pool/Getty Images

Camilla attended a Service of Thanksgiving for Queen Elizabeth II's life wearing a special brooch that paid tribute to the late monarch.

Camilla attended the service for the Queen at St Giles' Cathedral in Edinburgh on Monday.

She wore a diamond thistle brooch that was gifted to her by Queen Elizabeth before her death, People reports.


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Thousands of people queued overnight to see the Queen's coffin in Scotland

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People begin to queue to see the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II as she lies at rest at St Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh, Scotland, Tuesday, on September 13, 2022AP Photo/Jon Super

Thousands of people lined up overnight on Monday to see Queen Elizabeth II's coffin in St Giles' Cathedral's in Scotland, the BBC and The Guardian reported.

Photos from the scene showed long lines of people waiting in the dark.

People had also started queing in London on Monday, The Guardian reported. The Queen's coffin is due to arrive in the city on Tuesday, and the public can visit her coffin from Wednesday, where huge lines are expected.

The Queen's body is due to fly from Edinburgh to London on Tuesday

People queue to see the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II as she lies at rest at St Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh, Scotland on September 13, 2022.
People queue to see the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II as she lies at rest at St Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh, Scotland on September 13, 2022.AP Photo/Petr Josek

The Queen's coffin is scheduled be removed from St Giles' Cathedral in Edinburgh, Scotland, and flown to London on Tuesday.

It will then be taken on a procession through London, ending in the Houses of Parliament where she will remain until her funeral on Monday.

UK says Biden is an exception to Queen funeral advice for world leaders to travel in buses with limited security

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President Joe Biden waves as he leaves Israel's Ben Gurion Airport, on his way to Jerusalem on July 13, 2022.Gil Cohen-Magen/Pool via Reuters

The UK said President Joe Biden will not be subject to advice saying foreign leaders should travel to Queen Elizabeth II's funeral by bus.

Politico reported on Sunday that foreign leaders were asked asked to get to the UK by commercial flights, and that they would be taken to the funeral at London's Westminster by escorted shuttle buses "because of tight security and road restrictions."

But Biden will be allowed to travel through London in his armored car, The Times of London reported on Monday.

UK government sources told The Times that Biden will be allowed to take his car to the funeral for security reasons, and a spokesperson for UK Prime Minister Liz Truss on Monday that the bus requests were "guidance" rather than a rule.

Some other world leaders, like French President Emmanuel Macron, are also likely to take their own vehicles for security reasons, the Times reported.


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A look inside St Giles' Cathedral in Edinburgh, where Queen Elizabeth II's coffin lies at rest

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Members of the public wait outside St Giles' Cathedral in Edinburgh, Scotland on September 12, 2022.Oli Scarff/AFP via Getty Images)

Queen Elizabeth II's coffin arrived at St Giles' Cathedral in Edinburgh on Monday following a procession from Balmoral Castle.

Take a look inside the medieval cathedral, where thousands have gathered to pay their respects to the Queen.


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King Charles III, Princess Anne, and their siblings stand vigil around Queen Elizabeth II's coffin

King Charles and his siblings stand around Queen Elizabeth's coffin.
King Charles III (center) and others, including his siblings, stand guard.WPA Pool / Pool / Getty Images

King Charles III and his siblings paid tribute to their mother through the Vigil of the Princes.

On Monday, the new monarch, Princess Anne, Prince Edward, and Prince Andrew walked behind the hearse carrying the Queen's coffin as it processed on the Royal Mile in Edinburgh, Scotland, to St Giles' Cathedral for a Service of Thanksgiving in Queen Elizabeth's honor.

At the cathedral, the Queen's children stood guard around her coffin for the Vigil of the Princes.

They stood side by side with the Royal Company of Archers, who protect the Queen's coffin, for around 10 minutes, according to People. The vigil is a way for a monarch's children to mourn the loss of their parent, The Independent reported.

The Queen's four children looked somber in photos from the event, with each of them standing on one side of the coffin. Because the vigil took place in Scotland, King Charles III wore a kilt for the occasion.


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Meghan Markle pauses her podcast during Queen Elizabeth II's mourning period

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Meghan Markle won't release new episodes of her podcast during the mourning period for Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Harry's grandmother.

"New episodes of Archetypes will be paused during the official mourning period for Her Majesty The Queen," an announcement on the podcast's Spotify page read as of Monday afternoon.

A representative for Markle confirmed to Insider that it was Markle's decision to pause the podcast.

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King Charles III and his siblings walk behind the Queen's coffin for the first time at a procession in Edinburgh

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King Charles III and his siblings walk behind the car carrying Queen Elizabeth's coffin.Odd ANDERSEN / POOL / AFP) (Photo by ODD ANDERSEN/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

On Monday, the new king was joined by Princess Anne, Prince Edward, and Prince Andrew as they led the procession from the Palace of Holyroodhouse to St Giles' Cathedral, where a Service of Thanksgiving in the Queen's honor is being held.


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People visiting the Queen's coffin may have to wait up to 30 hours

People queue quietly to lay flowers at the gates of Buckingham Palace following the death of Queen Elizabeth in London, Britain September 9, 2022.
People queue quietly to lay flowers at the gates of Buckingham Palace following the death of Queen Elizabeth in London, Britain September 9, 2022.REUTERS/Kevin Coombs

People entering the hours-long queue to visit Queen Elizabeth II's coffin as she lies in state at Westminster face a long list of dos and don'ts if they want to pay their respects to the late royal.

Mourners may have to wait up to 30 hours and aren't allowed to bring chairs, camping equipment, sleeping bags, or blankets to make the line conditions more comfortable, the UK government said.


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Prince Harry and King Charles appear to reach truce since his accession

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Prince Charles and Prince Harry.Samir Hussein/WireImage

Prince Harry's reported rift with his father, King Charles III, appears to have been put to one side following the death of Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday.

Both Harry and Charles III have made remarks honoring the other since England's new king ascended to the throne.

Charles III could further extend an olive branch by giving Harry's two children royal titled, despite Harry and Meghan Markle stepping down from the royal family over two years ago.


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Mourners could be 'target for terrorists', says ex-Met Police chief

Crowds watch the cortege carrying the coffin of the late Queen Elizabeth II in Edinburgh on Sunday
Crowds watch the cortege carrying the coffin of the late Queen Elizabeth II in Edinburgh on SundayIan Forsyth - WPA Pool/Getty Images

Crowds gathering in London for the Queen's funeral could be a "target for terrorists", former Met Police chief superintendent Parm Sandhu warned Monday.

Preparations for masses of mourners were already underway, with warnings that the queue to see the Queen lying in state at Westminster could stretch for up to 30 hours.

Sandhu told BBC Radio 4's "World At One" on Monday: "London could potentially be full. We are expecting to have people queuing for 12, 15 hours at a time just to file past the coffin, which is a real concern because crowds attract criminals."

She added: "I don't ever remember London expecting to be full in this way, even with the Olympics...  The crowds themselves will be a target for terrorists. The funeral itself will be a target for terrorists."


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King Charles III talks to well-wishers as Queen's coffin proceeds to St Giles Cathedral

King Charles III talks to wellwishers, before accompanying the cortege carrying the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II in procession to St Giles' Cathedral
King Charles III talks to wellwishers, before accompanying the cortege carrying the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II in procession to St Giles' CathedralKen Jack/Getty Images

The Queen's coffin began its journey on Monday from the Palace of Holyroodhouse to St Giles' Cathedral.

Its route is up the Royal Mile in Edinburgh, followed by King Charles III on foot. His three siblings, the Princess Royal, Earl of Wessex and Duke of York, are due to him.

A car behind them is due to carry Camilla, the Queen Consort, and Sophie, the Countess of Wessex, Prince Edward's wife.

King Charles III and the Queen Consort arrived in Scotland earlier on Monday, having first responded to an address from speakers of both Houses of Parliament in Westminster Hall, attended by more than 1,000 peers, MPs and others.

Woman charged after anti-monarchy protest in Edinburgh

The placard held by the protester moments before she was arrested
The placard held by the protester moments before she was arrestedRobert Perry/Getty Images

A woman was been charged after protesting the monarchy ahead of an event in Scotland to mark the Queen's death and the ascent of the new king, Charles III.

The 22-year-old woman was arrested on Sunday afternoon in Edinburgh "in connection with a breach of the peace," Police Scotland confirmed.

She held a sign reading: "fuck imperialism, abolish monarchy", pictures of the incident show.

According to ITV News, her arrest divided opinion with one man shouting: "Let her go, it's free speech," while others applauded her arrest and yelled: "Have some respect."

On Monday, police confirmed that the woman had been charged.

A Police Scotland spokesperson said:"A 22-year-old woman was arrested outside St. Giles' Cathedral, Edinburgh on Sunday, 11 September, 2022 in connection with a breach of the peace. She was charged and was released on an undertaking to appear at Edinburgh Sheriff Court at a later date."

On Monday morning, King Charles III pledged to follow his mother's example of "selfless duty" as he addressed MPs and peers at Parliament's historic Westminster Hall.

Prince Harry pays tribute to 'Granny' in emotional message.

Prince Harry paid tribute to Queen Elizabeth II, saying "we smile knowing that you and grandpa are reunited now, and both together in peace".

In a statement released on the Archewell website, he thanked the late Queen, who died 517 days after Prince Philip, for her "commitment to service", "sound advice" and "infectious smile".

Harry, the Duke of Sussex, appeared alongside his brother William outside Windsor Castle on Saturday in an apparent thawing of their relationship.

The pair and their wives thanked the crowds who had turned out in droves to pay respects to their late grandmother.

Harry's affectionate tribute to "Granny" quoted the words she spoke after the passing of her husband last year - "Life, of course, consists of final partings as well as first meetings."

He added: "Granny, while this final parting brings us great sadness, I am forever grateful for all of our first meetings—from my earliest childhood memories with you, to meeting you for the first time as my Commander-in-Chief, to the first moment you met my darling wife and hugged your beloved great-grandchildren.

"I cherish these times shared with you, and the many other special moments in between. You are already sorely missed, not just by us, but by the world over."

Queen Elizabeth II's funeral wreath contains a nod to her late husband Prince Philip

The Queen’s funeral cortege proceeds down The Royal Mile
The Queen’s funeral cortege proceeds down The Royal Mile on September 11, 2022 in Edinburgh, Scotland.Samir Hussein/WireImage

As Queen Elizabeth II's body makes its final journey from her place of death in Scotland to London, a single wreath of white flowers can be seen sitting atop her coffin.

According to Hello! Magazine, the wreath is made up of dahlias, phlox, white heather, pine fir, and sweet peas from Balmoral Castle, the Queen's Scottish summer home. The outlet reported that sweet peas were not only one of the Queen's favorite flowers, but they're also a nod to her late husband Prince Philip.

When Philip, the Queen's husband of 73 years, died in April 2021 at the age of 99, the publication reported that the monarch picked out the flowers herself for his funeral wreath. The wreath reportedly contained white lilies, white roses, white freesia, white wax flower, jasmine — and white sweet peas.


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King Charles doesn't have to pay inheritance tax on the Queen's private estate worth more than $750 million

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King Charles will not have to pay inheritance tax on the Duchy of Lancaster estate he inherited from the Queen due to a rule allowing assets to be passed from one sovereign to another.

Charles automatically inherited the estate, the monarch's primary source of income, while his eldest son Prince William inherited the Duchy of Cornwall estate valued at more than $1 billion that was previously owned by his father.

The new king will avoid inheritance tax on the estate worth more than $750 million due to a rule introduced by the UK government in 1993 to guard against the royal family's assets being wiped out if two monarchs were to die in a short period of time, i News reported.


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Prince William was behind the 'Fab Four' reunion at Windsor Castle with Kate Middleton, Prince Harry, and Meghan Markle

The couples were formally dubbed the "Fab Four."
The couples were once dubbed the "Fab Four."Chris Jackson - WPA Pool/Getty Images

Prince William played a critical role in the reunion between himself, Kate Middleton, Prince Harry, and Meghan Markle on Saturday.

Putting on a united front, the royal couples appeared outside of Windsor Castle to greet members of the public and view floral tributes left in honor of Queen Elizabeth II.

Both Markle and Middleton wore black dresses, while their husbands sported navy suits with black ties.

The reunion between the couples — once dubbed the "Fab Four" by the British press – came after William extended a last-minute invite to his brother and sister-in-law.

A Kensington Palace spokesperson told The Times of London that William, who now holds the title of the Prince of Wales, invited the Sussexes to join him and Middleton on a royal walkabout in front of Windsor Castle.


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The Queen's coffin is being moved from Balmoral to Edinburgh, starting a 3-day long journey to her final resting place in London

People in the town of Balleter pay tribute to the monarch as a hearse carrying her coffin drives through.
People in the town of Balleter pay tribute to the monarch as a hearse carrying her coffin drives through.Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

The coffin carrying the body of Queen Elizabeth II left the Scottish city of Edinburgh on Sunday morning via a hearse.

Draped in the royal standard with a wreath of white flowers placed on top, the coffin has begun a three-day journey, which will culminate in London on Tuesday.


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Now the Queen has died, British money is going to look very different. Here's how it will change.

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One of the big changes that the Queen's death create in the United Kingdom will be to the country's money, which has the Queen's portrait on it.

There have been five different portraits of the Queen on British banknotes and coins since she took the throne in 1952, according to The Coin Expert.

Now that her son Charles is king, British money will be replaced with his portrait.


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Who will inherit Queen Elizabeth II's jewels, tiaras, and brooches — all worth millions

Queen Elizabeth wears the Imperial State Crown as she sits on a throne.
The Imperial State Crown.Anwar Hussein Collection / Contributor / Getty Images

When King Charles III inherited a new title upon the death of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, on Thursday, he also likely acquired her extensive jewel, crown, and brooch collection.

Some of these items will remain part of the Crown Jewels, a collection of royal ceremonial objects on public display  at the Tower of London. However, the Queen's private collection — worth millions of US dollars and comprised of family heirlooms, gifts, and items purchased by the monarch herself — is expected to be passed down to members of the Windsor family, starting with King Charles.

"It is likely that she would want to pass on items from her private collection to her loved ones," royal commentator Josh Rom told the New York Post. "The bulk of the collection will pass to Charles — with Camilla as his queen consort — and then Kate, so they may not be left anything big [in the will]."


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New Princess of Wales Kate Middleton reportedly won't inherit Princess Diana's wedding tiara — but Kate's daughter Princess Charlotte will

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Princess Charlotte at the Commonwealth Games on August 2, 2022; Princess Diana at Buckingham Palace after her marriage ceremony to then-Prince Charles on July 29,1981.Chris Jackson/Getty Images; PA Images via Getty Images

The new Princess of Wales Kate Middleton may not inherit Princess Diana's wedding tiara, but her daughter Princess Charlotte will.

After Queen Elizabeth II's death on Thursday, Prince William and Kate were officially given the titles of Prince and Princess of Wales by King Charles III in his first address as monarch. The couple already updated their social media handles to reflect the change in roles.

Insider's Jake Epstein and Samantha Grindell reported that no one has held the title "Princess of Wales" since William's mother, Princess Diana.

Although Kate already has the engagement ring that once belonged to Diana, another piece of her wedding jewelry — the diamond-encrusted tiara she wore to her 1981 nuptials — will reportedly be passed down to Charlotte.


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Prince William releases emotional statement about the death of his 'Grannie,' Queen Elizabeth II

Prince William and Queen Elizabeth II at 75th Anniversary Of The Battle Of Britain
Prince William and Queen Elizabeth II on the balcony of Buckingham Palace on July 10, 2015.Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images

In a statement shared on the new Prince and Princess of Wales' Instagram account, Prince William wrote that he feels "incredibly grateful" even as he mourns the loss of his grandmother, who he called "Grannie."

"On Thursday, the world lost an extraordinary leader, whose commitment to the country, the Realms and the Commonwealth was absolute. So much will be said in the days ahead about the meaning of her historic reign," the prince's statement reads.

He continued: "I, however, have lost a grandmother. And while I will grieve her loss, I also feel incredibly grateful. I have had the benefit of The Queen's wisdom and reassurance into my fifth decade. My wife has had twenty years of her guidance and support. My three children have got to spend holidays with her and create memories that will last their whole lives."


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The funeral for Queen Elizabeth II will take place at Westminster Abbey on Monday 19th September.

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The exterior of Westminster Abbey.English Heritage/Heritage Images/Getty Images

The funeral for Queen Elizabeth II will take place at Westminster Abbey on Monday,  September 19, the official Twitter account for the Royal Family confirmed Saturday.

"Prior to the State Funeral, The Queen will Lie-in-State in Westminster Hall for four days, to allow the public to pay their respects."

Queen Elizabeth II, the longest-reigning monarch in British history, died on Thursday at Balmoral Castle. Buckingham Palace has long planned for the days following the Queen's death. The plan for if her death occurred in Scotland was reportedly called "Operation Unicorn."

The Queen's body will make a final journey from her place of death in Scotland to her final resting place in London, with multiple stops in between.

The Queen's coffin will be prepared to lie in state, meaning it will be presented for public viewing so people can pay their respects. The Queen's body will lie in state in Westminster Hall. There will be a short ceremony to mark the coffin's arrival, after which people will be able to file past and pay their respects. The hall will be open all but a single hour a day, the representative said.

The Queen's funeral service will be led by Justin Welby, the archbishop of Canterbury and the second-most senior figure in the Church of England (after the monarch).

After the funeral, Queen Elizabeth II will be buried in the King George VI memorial chapel in Windsor, according to The Telegraph.

The body of her late husband, Prince Philip, who died at age 99 on April 9, 2021, will be moved from the Royal Vault beneath St. George's Chapel to join her.

Queen Elizabeth had 'no fear of death,' according to the Archbishop of Canterbury

Buckingham Palace announced the death of Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday.
Buckingham Palace announced the death of Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday.Chris Jackson - WPA Pool/Getty Images

The Archbishop of Canterbury said Queen Elizabeth II had "no fear of death."

Justin Welby, 66, appeared on BBC Radio 4's Today Show on Friday to speak about the Queen, who died at age 96 on Thursday at Balmoral Castle in Scotland.

"I came away thinking there is someone who has no fear of death, has hope in the future, knows the rock on which she stands and that gives her strength," Welby said, according to The Guardian. 

Welby, 66, continued: You felt that history was in front of you, but it was history with those piercingly blue eyes twinkling, that extraordinary smile and the relishing of a quick dry comment."


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Video shows announcement of Charles as new monarch.

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The Garter Principal King of Arms, a royal official, reads a proclamation announcing the ascent of Charles III as king of the United Kingdom.Sky News

Footage broadcast by Sky News showed the proclamation of Charles III as king being read in the courtyard of St James's Palace.

Trumpets sounded before an address by the Garter King of Arms, an official in royal livery, holding a scepter and wearing a feathered cap.

He read a speech stating that the dignitaries gathered at the Accession Council agreed Charles was the rightful heir and that the crown should pass to him.

 

Charles III was proclaimed king on Saturday in a historic ceremony

King Charles III in front of Buckingham Palace the day after Queen Elizabeth's death.
King Charles III.Chris Jackson / Staff / Getty Images

Charles III was officially proclaimed as king on Saturday morning.

The ceremony, led by the accession council, was at St James's Palace in London.

The ceremony was be attended by a host of dignitaries, including the prime minister Liz Truss and all of her living predecessors. Camilla, the Queen Consort, and Prince William, the new Prince of Wales, were also there.

In the ceremony, King Charles III said "It is my most sorrowful duty to announce the death of my beloved mother, the Queen," adding "I know how deeply you, the entire nation, and I think I may say the whole world sympathize with me in the irreparable loss we've all suffered."

In the afternoon the UK parliament has scheduled a rare Saturday sitting for senior MPs to swear allegiance to the new king.


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Queen Elizabeth owned more than 100 horses at the time of her death

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A 13-year-old Princess Elizabeth with a pony in Windsor Great Park, Berkshire, on April 21, 1939.Central Press/Getty Images

Next to her adoration for corgis, Queen Elizabeth II arguably had an even larger love for well-bred horses.

The Queen died on Thursday at 96, marking an end to the longest-ruling monarch in history. But spanning longer than her seven-decade reign was her passion for horses.


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King Charles III has photo of his mother nearby for 1st speech

Britain's King Charles III delivers his address to the nation and the Commonwealth from Buckingham Palace, London, Friday, Sept. 9, 2022, following the death of Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday.
Britain's King Charles III delivers his address to the nation and the Commonwealth from Buckingham Palace, London, Friday, Sept. 9, 2022, following the death of Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday.Yui Mok/Pool Photo via AP

King Charles III delivered his first speech as the monarch of the United Kingdom Friday — and by his side was a photo of his late mother, Queen Elizabeth II, smiling in a bright blue outfit.

"Queen Elizabeth's was a life well lived, a promise with destiny kept and she is mourned most deeply in her passing," Charles III, 73, said during the speech. "That promise of life-long service I renew to you all today."


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Charles III shares his 'love for Harry and Meghan' in 1st speech

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle during Trooping the Color 2019.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle during Trooping the Color 2019.Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage

In his first televised address as king, Charles III took a moment to 'express his love' for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, who left public duties in the royal family more than two years ago.

"I want to also express my love for Harry and Meghan as they continue to build their lives overseas," Charles II said.


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Prince William and Kate become Prince and Princess of Wales

Kate Middleton, Prince William and Kids in June 2019.
Prince William and Kate Middleton with their three children.Samir Hussein/Getty Images

Prince William and Kate Middleton have assumed the titles of Prince and Princess of Wales, King Charles III announced in his first speech as UK monarch on Friday.

Kate takes on the same title held by William's mother, Diana.


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Queen Elizabeth once appeared in a fashion show: Anna Wintour

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, accompanied by British-American journalist and editor, Anna Wintour (R), views British designer Richard Quinn's runway show before presenting him with the inaugural Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design, during her visit to London Fashion Week's BFC Show Space in central London on February 20, 2018.
Queen Elizabeth II and Anna Wintour at British designer Richard Quinn's runway show in 2018.YUI MOK/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

Vogue's Anna Wintour revealed in a tribute that the Queen said she once appeared in a fashion show before she became monarch.

"She said it with joy and humor that bounded around the room, lighting it up: An everyday occurrence for Her Majesty, an unforgettable one for the rest of us," Wintour wrote after the Queen's death on Thursday.


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King Charles III greets mourners outside Buckingham Palace

King Charles III greets mourners when arriving at Buckingham Palace in London, Friday, Sept. 9, 2022.
King Charles III greets mourners when arriving at Buckingham Palace in London, Friday, Sept. 9, 2022.AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth

King Charles III greeted mourners outside of Buckingham Palace as he returned to London following the death of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II.

Cheers erupted from the crowd outside as his car pulled up to the palace and some chanted "God Save the King" as Charles and Queen Consort Camilla got out of their vehicle.


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What a 'slimmed down' monarchy could look like under King Charles III

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King Charles IIITim P. Whitby - WPA Pool/Getty Images

King Charles III has reportedly considered restructuring the British monarchy for quite some time.

According to The Telegraph and Tatler, The King plans to reduce the monarchy to a team of just seven key members, all senior working royals, according to the publications.


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King Charles III will be proclaimed the new king on Saturday

Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, known as the Duke of Rothesay while in Scotland, during a roundtable with attendees of the Natasha Allergy Research Foundation seminar to discuss allergies and the environment, at Dumfries House, Cumnock on September 7, 2022 in Lanark, Scotland.
Charles in Lanark, Scotland, on September 7, 2022.Photo by Jane Barlow - WPA Pool/Getty Images

King Charles III will be formally recognized as the new king on Saturday, Buckingham Palace announced.

Charles, who is the Queen's eldest son and heir, automatically became king when Queen Elizabeth II died on Thursday.

But he will be proclaimed by the Accession Council at 10 a.m. on Saturday, which means his accession to the throne is formally recognized.

Members of the UK Parliament stand in silence to remember the Queen

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Members of the UK House of Commons stand on Friday to pay tribute to the Queen.BBC News

The UK parliament met on Friday, where lawmakers dressed in dark clothing and stood in silence to mark the Queen's death.

How the royal line of succession to the British throne has changed now Charles is king

Queen Elizabeth II and her son Charles in 2019.
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles during the State Opening of Parliament at the Palace of Westminster in 2019.Paul Edwards - WPA Pool/Getty Images

The death of Queen Elizabeth II automatically set in motion consequential shifts for the line of succession to the British throne.

The Queen's death marks one of the most significant shifts in the line of succession to the British throne in the 70 years since she became Queen following the death of her father, King George VI.


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Prince Harry didn't get to see the Queen before she died, reports say

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The Duke of Sussex and Queen Elizabeth II at the wedding of Lady Gabriella Windsor and Thomas Kingston in May 2019.Steve Parson/Getty Images

Prince Harry didn't get to see Queen Elizabeth II before she died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on Thursday, multiple reports say.

Earlier that day royals had rushed to Balmoral, the family's estate, in the wake of the palace's announcement that the Queen's doctors were "concerned" for her health.

But according to several reports, Harry was still aboard a private jet heading to Scotland's Aberdeen airport when Buckingham Palace announced that the Queen had died earlier that afternoon.


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The Queen was head of the Commonwealth for 70 years. Big changes could be in store after her death.

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A portrait of Princess Elizabeth in 1947.Hulton Archive/Getty Images

For 70 years, Queen Elizabeth II played a key role in keeping the Commonwealth alive.

Her death marks the beginning of a new chapter for the 54 countries once under her leadership.

With Charles taking over as King, the future of the Commonwealth is left in an uncertain state.

The Commonwealth is a remnant of the former British Empire and, according to the official website, is home to 2.4 billion people living in the "world's largest, smallest, richest and poorest countries, spanning five regions."


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UK government warns of 'risks to public safety' as crowds gather to mourn the Queen

Crowds gather in the twilight in front of Buckingham Palace to pay their respects following the death today of Queen Elizabeth II in Balmoral, on September 8, 2022 in London, England.
Crowds gather in front of Buckingham Palace to pay their respects following the death of Queen Elizabeth II on September 8, 2022 in London, England.Leon Neal/Getty Images

The UK's government warned of public safety risks in London as the country prepares for the Queen's funeral and a wealth of other commemorative events.

On Friday, the Cabinet Office issued a statement on Friday saying "we expect large crowds," which could cause "significant crowding and delays on some public transport."

The funeral date has not been set at time of writing, but is expected to come at the end of the 10-day period of official mourning. Her death was announced on Thursday afternoon.


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How the UK and the world's top papers marked the Queen's death

How the UK and the world's top newspapers commemorated the death of Queen Elizabeth II.
How some of the world's top newspapers commemorated the death of Queen Elizabeth II.The Daily Telegraph, The Times of London, The Herald.

On Friday, newspapers in the UK and around the world commemorated the life and reign of Queen Elizabeth II.

See some of the most striking front pages here:


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King Charles III declares period of mourning

Queen Elizabeth II (R) stands with Britain's Prince Charles, Prince of Wales to watch a special flypast from Buckingham Palace.
Queen Elizabeth II stands with then-Prince Charles, Prince of Wales.DANIEL LEAL/AFP via Getty Images

A Buckingham Palace statement on Friday said the king wished that "a period of Royal Mourning be observed from now until seven days after The Queen's Funeral."

It said that the date of the funeral will be announced "in due course."

The period "will be observed by Members of the Royal Family, Royal Household staff and Representatives of the Royal Household on official duties, together with troops committed to Ceremonial Duties," the palace said.

World leaders pay tribute to Queen Elizabeth II after her death

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The Queen and Justin Trudeau at Windsor Castle.Steve Parsons - WPA Pool/Getty Images

World leaders and public figures have shared their reactions to the death of the British monarch.

French President Emmanuel Macron, UK Prime Minister Liz Truss, and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy were among those who reflected on her death.


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Buckingham Palace opens online book of condolence

A screenshot of Buckingham Palace's book of condolence, including a black and white photo of the Queen
A screenshot of Buckingham Palace's book of condolence.Buckingham Palace

The palace opened a digital book of condolence, writing that "a selection of messages will be passed onto members of the Royal Family, and may be held in the Royal Archives for posterity."

Watch the exact moment White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre learned of Queen Elizabeth II's death in the middle of a press briefing

White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre speaks during the daily press briefing at the White House, September 08, 2022 in Washington, DC. Jean-Pierre said President Biden's thoughts are with Queen Elizabeth II and the family.
White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre was conducting a routine press briefing when she was informed about the Queen's death.Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images

A video clip captured the moment White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre learned of Queen Elizabeth II's death during a routine press briefing.

Jean-Pierre was answering a reporter's question on the Inflation Reduction Act on Thursday afternoon when journalists at the briefing notified her that the Queen had died.

"Okay, so that's been confirmed?" she asked after a brief pause. The reporters affirmed the news.

"Our hearts and our thoughts go to the family members of the Queen, goes to the people of the United Kingdom," she said.


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THEN AND NOW: 22 photos that show how royal life has changed over the years

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex at Trooping the Colour in 2018 (left) and the Queen waving from a balcony (right)Mike Marsland/Getty Images, Chris Jackson/Getty Images

Queen Elizabeth died on September 8 after 70 years of rule, and the monarchy looks markedly different than it did when came to power. Some strict rules have been relaxed or changed, and younger members of the royal family continue to challenge traditional rules and roles of royalty.

Here's how royal life has changed over the years.


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Here's what we know about Queen Elizabeth II's final hours

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Queen Elizabeth II died at age 96 on Thursday — concluding her 70-year reign.

The Queen had faced health challenges during the later chunk of her life — having experienced brief hospitalization in October of last year, continuous episodic "mobility issues," and a case of the coronavirus in February.

But hours before her death Thursday in the afternoon, Buckingham Palace released a statement: "Following further evaluation this morning, the Queen's doctors are concerned for Her Majesty's health and have recommended she remain under medical supervision."

The palace added that she was "comfortable."


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The Queen had stopped breeding her iconic corgis years ago so they wouldn't outlive her

Queen Elizabeth posing with a corgi on February 04, 1970.
Queen Elizabeth II posing with a corgi in February 1970.Bettmann/Getty Images

Queen Elizabeth II had dozens of royal corgis throughout her historic 70-year reign, starting with Susan, the Pembroke Welsh corgi that the Queen received as a gift on her 18th birthday in 1944.

The royal corgis that followed were all descendants of Susan, with the Queen personally owning more than 30. The last corgi personally owned by the Queen, Willow, died in 2018 just days before the Queen's 92nd birthday.

She had stopped breeding the dogs several years prior because "she didn't want to leave any young dog behind" when she died, a close friend of hers told Vanity Fair.


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Queen Elizabeth II saw 16 British prime ministers and 14 US presidents serve during her reign

Queen Elizabeth and Winston Churchill in 1953 with her two sons next to her
Queen Elizabeth and Winston Churchill in 1953.Central Press/Getty Images

While on the throne, the Queen saw 16 prime ministers serve Britain, from Winston Churchill to the newly chosen Liz Truss. With each she maintained a "special relationship," holding private audiences for them on a regular basis.

Insider has put together a timeline showing the scale of her life and reign, and the era-defining leaders whose tenures she outlasted.


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Why Commonwealth countries still fight for independence from royal rule

Queen Elizabeth II Beginning Her Jubilee Tour In This Commonwealth Country Just Three Days After The Funeral Of Her Younger Sister. Changing From Her Black Mourning Clothes She Chose A Bright Orange Colour To Celebrate This Important First Overseas Visit Of Her Jubilee Year. She Is Inspecting A Guard Of Honour Of The Jamaica Defence Force. (
Queen Elizabeth II during her Jubilee tour in Jamaica, a Commonwealth country, in February 2022.Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Images

Commonwealth nations are mourning the death of Queen Elizabeth II, who helmed the association of 56 countries since her ascension to the throne in 1952.

The Queen was widely respected by Commonwealth countries, making her a "hard act to follow," Royal historian and author Hugo Vickers told Insider.

But the Commonwealth, comprised largely of former British colonies, has grappled with criticism for its imperialist origins, leading some member states to reconsider their ties to the group.


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Putin expresses 'deepest condolences' over death of Queen Elizabeth

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Russian President Vladimir Putin is accompanied by Queen Elizabeth II during a procession at The Mallat during the start iof his state visit on June 24, 2003 in London, England.Julian Herbert/Getty Images

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday expressed his "deepest condolences" over the death of Queen Elizabeth.

In a telegram to King Charles III, Britain's new monarch, Putin said the queen was a major historical figure during her 70-year reign.

"For many decades," he wrote, "Elizabeth II rightfully enjoyed the love and respect of her subjects, as well as authority on the world stage."


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A Canadian citizenship ceremony was delayed after officials were confused about whom to swear allegiance to

Queen Elizabeth II on June 24, 2015.
Queen Elizabeth II on June 24, 2015.Sean Gallup/Getty Images

A Canadian citizenship ceremony was delayed on Thursday as officials figured out whom to swear allegiance to after Queen Elizabeth II's death, according to a journalist who attended.

The virtual Canadian citizenship ceremony, which had 141 attendees, was halted as officials talked to each person individually, investigative journalist Roberto Rocha, who attended the ceremony with a friend, tweeted.


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Queen Elizabeth II's death announcement via Twitter shows how much the monarchy has changed since her father's death in 1952

King George VI and Queen Elizabeth in the gardens at Windsor Castle, England, on July 8, 1946
King George VI and Queen Elizabeth in the gardens at Windsor Castle, England, on July 8, 1946.Lisa Sheridan/Studio Lisa/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

The announcement of Queen Elizabeth II's death, which first came from a Twitter post shared by the Royal Family, highlights how communication from the monarchy has changed since she ascended to the throne 70 years ago.

With the death of her father, King George VI, on February 6, 1952, Elizabeth became Queen at age 25. News of George's death, however, did not travel as quickly as it did when his daughter passed away.


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Liz Truss, on her third day of being the UK's prime minister, pays tribute to the Queen's 70-year reign

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Liz Truss on the campaign trailDan Kitwood/Getty Images

The UK Prime Minister Liz Truss paid tribute to Queen Elizabeth II  following the death of the monarch who reigned for 70 years.

Truss formally took the mantle of prime minister just three days ago— an appointment that is made directly by the Queen.

Speaking outside No. 10 Downing Street, Truss described the Queen as "the rock on which modern Britain was built."


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Trump releases statement about the Queen's death

The Queen, seen in sunglasses and wearing a pink hat, sits next to the former president.
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and then-US President Donald Trump attend an event on June 5, 2019, to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings.Daniel LEAL / AFP via Getty Images

Former President Donald Trump expressed his "sincere condolences" in a statement about the death of Queen Elizabeth II, saying he and former first lady Melania "will always cherish our time together with the Queen."


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Royal family members pay tribute

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Prince William, Duke of Cambridge speaks to children at the University of Birmingham, at the first National SkillForce Prince William Award Graduation Ceremony on September 18, 2018 in Birmingham, EnglandAaron Chown - WPA Pool / Getty Images

Senior members of the royal family are paying tribute to Queen Elizabeth II.

Following her death, social media accounts for Prince William, Kate Middleton, King Charles, and Camilla, the queen consort, retweeted the statement initially shared via the official account for the royal family, which has over 1.2 million likes as of Thursday.


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King Charles III is the oldest person to become king in British history at age 73

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King Charles III has now become the oldest person in British history to be king — at age 73.

The last time that the United Kingdom saw a change in leadership was 70 years ago when the Queen took over after King George's death. The previous oldest king in British history dates back to 1830 when King William IV ascended the throne at 64 years old.


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Photos show rainbows appearing in London and at Windsor Castle

Flags at Windsor Castle lowered to half-staff at Windsor Castle following Queen Elizabeth II's death on September 8.
Flags at Windsor Castle lowered to half-staff at Windsor Castle following Queen Elizabeth II's death on September 8.Chris Jackson/Getty Images

Rainbows appeared over crowds gathered outside of Buckingham Palace and above the flags being lowered to half-staff at Windsor Castle following Queen Elizabeth II's death.


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King Charles releases first statement in the wake of Queen Elizabeth's death

Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, known as the Duke of Rothesay while in Scotland, during a roundtable with attendees of the Natasha Allergy Research Foundation seminar to discuss allergies and the environment, at Dumfries House, Cumnock on September 7, 2022 in Lanark, Scotland.
Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, known as the Duke of Rothesay while in Scotland, during a roundtable with attendees of the Natasha Allergy Research Foundation seminar to discuss allergies and the environment, at Dumfries House, Cumnock on September 7, 2022 in Lanark, Scotland.Photo by Jane Barlow - WPA Pool/Getty Images

King Charles III released a statement — his first as King — in the wake of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II's, death.

"The death of my beloved Mother, Her Majesty The Queen, is a moment of the greatest sadness for me and all members of my family," King Charles wrote in a statement shared by Buckingham Palace on Twitter.

"We mourn profoundly the passing of a cherished Sovereign and a much-loved mother," he continued.

King Charles added that during the mourning period, "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."


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Here's what will happen at Queen Elizabeth II's funeral

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Queen Elizabeth II smiles on the balcony during Trooping The Colour on June 2, 2022 in London.Chris Jackson/Getty Images

With Queen Elizabeth's death, preparations now turn to her funeral.

Buckingham Palace has spent decades preparing for the Queen's death, ensuring the transition to a new monarch goes as smoothly as possible.

Part of these preparations included planning the Queen's funeral, which will not take place until 10 to 12 days after her death, as Insider previously reported.

The funeral will be a bank holiday in the UK.


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Prince Charles becomes King

Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, at Sandringham on July 27, 2022.
Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, at Sandringham on July 27, 2022.Chris Jackson - WPA Pool/Getty Images

The Queen's eldest son, Charles, has automatically ascended to the throne since the Queen's death.

Charles will have a coronation around a year after her death, as Insider previously reported.

Here's how the British monarchy will change:


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UK's national anthem will now change following Queen Elizabeth's death

Queen Elizabeth in February 2022 Visists RAF Marham
Queen Elizabeth IIGetty Images/Pool

The lyrics to the United Kingdom's national anthem will now change following the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

Her oldest son, Prince Charles, is taking the throne, so the lyrics to "God Save the Queen" are changing to "God Save the King."


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Remembering Queen Elizabeth II: The most important photo from every single year of her remarkable life

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June. 2, 1953 file photo of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, as they wave to supporters from the balcony at Buckingham Palace, following her coronation at Westminster Abbey. London.Leslie Priest, File/AP

Queen Elizabeth II has died at the age of 96.

The record-breaking monarch had several memorable moments in her years on the throne.

In her memory, we've found a photo from every single year of her remarkable life.

When Queen Elizabeth met President Trump

The president stands with his hand over his heart, while the Queen is at his side.
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II hosted US President Donald Trump and the US First Lady at Buckingham Palace on June 3, 2019.Dominic Lipinski / POOL / AFP via Getty Images

Queen Elizabeth II met with every US president who served during her life, except Lyndon B. Johnson.

The Queen's meetings with President Donald Trump, in 2018 and again in 2019, were surely the most unusual.

Trump had become so politically toxic that his first state visit to Britain was downgraded to a working visit. This meant no pomp, no pageantry, and no ballroom banquet hosted by the Queen.


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Queen Elizabeth II is dead at 96, bringing her unprecedented 70-year reign to a close

Queen Elizabeth II on June 24, 2015.
Queen Elizabeth II on June 24, 2015.Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Queen Elizabeth II has died.

Buckingham Palace announced that the 96-year-old British monarch had died on Thursday.

"The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon," the Royal Family announced. "The King and The Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral this evening and will return to London tomorrow."


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Meghan Markle, Kate Middleton won't join royals at Balmoral: reports

Meghan Markle and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attend the first annual Royal Foundation Forum held at Aviva on February 28, 2018 in London, England. Under the theme 'Making a Difference Together', the event will showcase the programmes run or initiated by The Royal Foundation.
Meghan Markle and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attend the first annual Royal Foundation Forum held at Aviva on February 28, 2018 in London, England. Under the theme 'Making a Difference Together', the event will showcase the programmes run or initiated by The Royal Foundation.Chris Jackson - WPA Pool/Getty Images

Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton will not be traveling to Scotland with Prince Harry and Prince William to visit the Queen while she is under medical supervision, according to multiple reports.


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UK Parliament staffers are rushing to get black ties as Queen's doctors are 'concerned' for her health: reporter

Members of the public outside the gates of Buckingham Palace on September 8, 2022 in London, England.
Members of the public outside the gates of Buckingham Palace on September 8, 2022 in London, England.Leon Neal/Getty Images

After Buckingham Palace announced that doctors were concerned about Queen Elizabeth II's health on Thursday, staffers in Parliament rushed out to get black ties for members, Telegraph reporter Camilla Turner reported.

The precaution came as Turner described the mood in Parliament as "somber." Royal family members — including the Queen's children and grandchildren — have traveled to Balmoral in Scotland to be by the Queen's side.

The tone was matched on the BBC, which suspended its regular programming until 6 p.m. local time to focus on coverage of the Queen's health.

The network's broadcasters have also been wearing black, although representatives wouldn't comment on whether the outfit changes were tied to the Queen's health.


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Prince Charles, Prince Andrew, and Queen's grandchildren are in Scotland to be with her: BBC

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Prince Charles, the Queen, Prince Louis, the Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Charlotte, Prince George, and the Duke of Cambridge.Getty/Chris Jackson

Members of the royal family are arriving in Scotland to be with the Queen after it was announced that the 96-year-old is under medical supervision at her residence at Balmoral.

A plane carrying seven members of the royal household arrived in Aberdeen just before 4:00 p.m. local time, BBC News reported in a broadcast.

According to BBC, Prince William, Prince Andrew, Prince Edward, and Sophie Wessex were on the plane.

Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles have been with the Queen since the palace announced her medical supervision earlier Thursday.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are also traveling to Scotland.


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Operation London Bridge: What happens if the Queen dies

Queen Elizabeth II, 96, has been on the throne for 70 years and is the longest-reigning monarch in British history.

If she dies, Operation London Bridge would activate, kicking off a series of changes for a British population that has largely only known one monarch.

The national anthem, passports, police uniforms, and even money will need to be updated.


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Liz Truss, who just met the Queen to become Prime Minister, says her thoughts are with Her Majesty amid health concerns

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and new Conservative Party leader and Britain's Prime Minister-elect Liz Truss meet at Balmoral Castle in Ballater, Scotland, on September 6, 2022, where the Queen invited Truss to form a Government.
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and new Conservative Party leader and Britain's Prime Minister-elect Liz Truss meet at Balmoral Castle in Ballater, Scotland, on September 6, 2022, where the Queen invited Truss to form a Government.Photo by JANE BARLOW/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

The UK's new prime minister, Liz Truss, said on Thursday that Queen Elizabeth II is in her thoughts as the royal leader is under medical supervision in Scotland.

In a statement shared on Twitter shortly after 12:30 p.m. local time, Truss said the "whole country will be deeply concerned by the news from Buckingham Palace this lunchtime."

"My thoughts — and the thoughts of people across our United Kingdom — are with Her Majesty The Queen and her family at this time," Truss wrote.


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Events canceled at Buckingham Palace over concerns for Queen's health

Sign reading "no guard changing ceremony today" is placed outside of Buckingham Palace as doctors express concern over the Queen's health.
Sign reading "no guard changing ceremony today" is placed outside of Buckingham Palace as doctors express concern over the Queen's health.DANIEL LEAL/AFP via Getty Images

BBC suspended its regular programming and the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace was canceled as the Queen's royal family is rushing to her side.

A sign has been placed outside the palace reading "no guard changing ceremony today."


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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are traveling to see the Queen after doctors said they were 'concerned' for her health

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex and Queen Elizabeth II on the balcony of Buckingham Palace on July 2018.Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are traveling to Scotland as the Queen is under medical supervision at her Balmoral estate, a royal spokesperson told Insider.

The spokesperson did not say when Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will arrive in Scotland.

Prince William and Kate are also traveling to be with the Queen.


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The Queen's doctors are 'concerned' for the 96-year-old monarch's health, palace says

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Queen Elizabeth II smiles on the balcony during Trooping The Colour on June 2, 2022 in London.Chris Jackson/Getty Images

Queen Elizabeth II's doctors are concerned for Her Majesty's health, a Buckingham Palace spokesperson has said in a statement.

"Following further evaluation this morning, The Queen's doctors are concerned for Her Majesty's health and have recommended she remain under medical supervision," the spokesperson said in the statement sent to Insider.

"The Queen remains comfortable and at Balmoral," they added.

The palace didn't give further information regarding Her Majesty's condition. However, royal author Omid Scobie wrote on Twitter that immediate family members have been informed.

Meanwhile, royal correspondent Roya Nikkhah shared a statement from Clarence House on Twitter, stating that Prince Charles and Camilla have traveled to the Queen's Balmoral estate in Scotland, where she is being supervised by doctors.


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