King Charles and Queen Consort Camillas new roles as Queen Elizabeth II dies aged 96

Charles has become King and is expected to deliver a televised address in honour of his beloved mother, Queen Elizabeth II, who died at the age of 96 on Thursday.

The Prince of Wales, 73, is the nation's longest-serving heir apparent, having been so since he was three years old, and is now reigning as monarch.

Charles, who will now be known as His Majesty rather than His Royal Highness, will immediately turn his hand to matters of state as sovereign, lead the nation in mourning and is expected to deliver a televised address in honour of his beloved mother.

He will meet the Prime Minister, confirm funeral plans, and tour the UK with his wife, Camilla, who is now the Queen Consort and has the title of Queen, in the coming days.

Charles has automatically become King due to the 17th century Bill of Rights (1689) and the Act of Settlement (1701).

However, there must be a formal proclamation of him as the new monarch at an Accession Council in St James’s Palace in London as soon as practically possible.

It was announced on Thursday evening that Her Majesty – the longest reigning monarch in British history – had died at the age of 96.

The Queen's death comes just over a year after her beloved husband Prince Philip peacefully passed away on 9 April 2021 and just months after nationwide celebrations for her Platinum Jubilee.

The news was shared on the Royal Family's Twitter account, shortly before being announced on multiple TV channels.

The tweet, which featured a beautiful picture of the Monarch, simply read: "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."

The monarch experienced health issues after contracting Covid-19 in February and despite her determination to return to duties, she was forced to miss numerous events in order to rest in the months prior to her death.

Queen Elizabeth II died at Balmoral, where she traditionally spends August to October every year.

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