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Britain starts a period of national mourning; heralds reign of King Charles III

A view of flowers and a teddy bear toy at the gates of Windsor Castle, following the death of Britain's Queen Elizabeth, in Windsor, Britain, September 12, 2022. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls (REUTERS)Premium
A view of flowers and a teddy bear toy at the gates of Windsor Castle, following the death of Britain's Queen Elizabeth, in Windsor, Britain, September 12, 2022. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls (REUTERS)

  • Queen Elizabeth II Death Updates: King Charles III vowed in his first speech as monarch to carry on Queen Elizabeth II's “lifelong service,” as Britain entered an uncertain new age under a new sovereign

Queen Elizabeth II, the UK's longest-serving monarch, has died at Balmoral aged 96, after reigning for 70 years. Her family gathered at her Scottish estate after concerns grew about her health earlier on Thursday.

The Queen came to the throne in 1952 and witnessed enormous social change.

With her death, her eldest son Charles, the former Prince of Wales, will lead the country in mourning as the new King and head of state for 14 Commonwealth realms.

10 Sep 2022, 12:22:46 AM IST

Charles to be officially proclaimed king tomorrow

On 10 September, at 10 am (2:30 pm in India) Charles will meet with senior officials known as the Accession Council at St. James’s Palace and will be officially proclaimed king.

At 11am (3.30pm in India) an official will read the proclamation aloud from a balcony at St. James's Palace. It will also be read out in other locations across Britain.

09 Sep 2022, 11:49:57 PM IST

President Joe Biden to attend Queen Elizabeth II's funeral

President Joe Biden told reporters on Friday that he planned to attend the funeral for Queen Elizabeth II.

Biden was the 13th and final U.S. president to meet the woman whose reign spanned seven decades. The queen had met every American president since Dwight Eisenhower, with the exception of Lyndon Johnson. That's because Johnson did not visit Britain during his presidency.

Biden and first lady Jill Biden said the queen’s “legacy will loom large in the pages of British history, and in the story of our world."

Every living former U.S. president — Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Barack Obama and Donald Trump — joined Biden in mourning her passing and sending condolences to her family.

President Joe Biden speaks during the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Intel semiconductor manufacturing facility in New Albany, Ohio, Friday, Sept. 9, 2022. (AP Photo/Paul Vernon)
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President Joe Biden speaks during the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Intel semiconductor manufacturing facility in New Albany, Ohio, Friday, Sept. 9, 2022. (AP Photo/Paul Vernon) (AP)
09 Sep 2022, 11:22:39 PM IST

Camilla names as Queen Consort'

Former Duchess of Cornwall, Camilla Parker Bowles, was named as the Queen Consort by Britain's King Charles III.

 “In recognition of her own loyal public service since our marriage 17 years ago, she becomes my Queen Consort.

“I know she will bring to the demands of her new role the steadfast devotion to duty on which I have come to rely so much.

Britain's King Charles and Queen Camilla walk outside Buckingham Palace, following the passing of Britain's Queen Elizabeth, in London, Britain, September 9, 2022. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls
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Britain's King Charles and Queen Camilla walk outside Buckingham Palace, following the passing of Britain's Queen Elizabeth, in London, Britain, September 9, 2022. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls (REUTERS)
09 Sep 2022, 11:08:14 PM IST

King Charles expresses love for Harry and Meghan

King Charles expressed his love for Prince Harry and Meghan, his son and daughter-in-law, during his first address as monarch on Friday, a significant gesture towards a couple whose relationships with the rest of the family have been strained.

"I want also to express my love for Harry and Meghan as they continue to build their lives overseas," Charles said in a solemn televised speech.

King Charles III delivers his address to the nation and the Commonwealth from Buckingham Palace, London, following the death of Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday. Picture date: Friday September 9, 2022. Yui Mok/Pool via REUTERS
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King Charles III delivers his address to the nation and the Commonwealth from Buckingham Palace, London, following the death of Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday. Picture date: Friday September 9, 2022. Yui Mok/Pool via REUTERS (REUTERS)
09 Sep 2022, 11:03:13 PM IST

William and Kate named Prince and Princess of Wales

Britain's King Charles on Friday bestowed the titles of Prince and Princess of Wales on his eldest son William and daughter-in-law Kate, passing on the titles that he and his late wife Diana previously held.

09 Sep 2022, 10:54:11 PM IST

May flights of Angels sing thee to thy rest: King Charles wishes Queen

"And to my darling Mama, as you begin your last great journey to join my dear late Papa, I want simply to say this: thank you. Thank you for your love and devotion to our family and to the family of nations you have served so diligently all these years," King Charles concluded his speech as saying. "May flights of Angels sing thee to thy rest."

09 Sep 2022, 10:45:22 PM IST

King Charles III says 'thank you' to his ‘darling Mama’

King Charles III said 'thank you' to his ‘darling Mama’ Queen Elizabeth II and vowed to carry on her “lifelong service" to the nation.

09 Sep 2022, 10:38:45 PM IST

King Charles pledges to serve with loyalty, respect and love

“I shall endeavour to serve you with loyalty, respect and love," said King Charles. “Our values have remained and must remain constant"

09 Sep 2022, 10:36:06 PM IST

King Charles pays tribute to mother

King Charles paid tribute to his mother in his first address to his people. “I know her death brings sadness to so many of you," he said.

09 Sep 2022, 10:16:49 PM IST

King Charles to address nation shortly

King Charles III is scheduled to address the country for the first time as king at 10:30 PM India time. At Buckingham Palace, the monarch, 73, had a face-to-face meeting with Prime Minister Liz Truss. Earlier, while William and Camilla, the Queen Consort, were returning to London, he met throngs of people outside Buckingham Palace.

09 Sep 2022, 09:02:46 PM IST

UK national anthem changes

At the conclusion of this evening's mourning ceremony for the Queen at St. Paul's Cathedral in London, the first official performance of God Save the King will be performed. "Queen" will become "King" and "her victorious" will be replaced by "him victorious".

09 Sep 2022, 09:00:13 PM IST

King Charles meets PM Liz Truss

Prime Minister Liz Truss and King Charles III had their first in-person meeting at Buckingham Palace. Truss, who was chosen by the late Queen on September 6, spoke with the King for almost 30 minutes. The prime minister will later attend a memorial service for Queen Elizabeth II at St. Paul's Cathedral in London.

09 Sep 2022, 08:26:01 PM IST

UK’s Royal standard seen flying over Buckingham Palace

King Charles entered Buckingham Palace for the first time as a monarch, and the Royal Standard of the UK could be seen flying over the palace. Since there is always a sovereign on the throne, the flag is flown whenever the sovereign is residing in one of the royal palaces. It is also never flown at half-mast.

09 Sep 2022, 08:22:21 PM IST

Indian sand artist pays tribute to Queen

‘Heartfelt Tribute to Her Majesty #QueenElizabeth II , the world has lost a great personality. My SandArt with installation of 740 roses at Puri beach in India,’ wrote Indian sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik.
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‘Heartfelt Tribute to Her Majesty #QueenElizabeth II , the world has lost a great personality. My SandArt with installation of 740 roses at Puri beach in India,’ wrote Indian sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik.
09 Sep 2022, 07:49:04 PM IST

'God Save the King!' people shout outside Buckingham Palace

Charles III greeted crowds who shouted "God Save the King!" outside Buckingham Palace before making his inaugural address to Britain and the Commonwealth after the death of his mother Queen Elizabeth II.

09 Sep 2022, 07:43:05 PM IST

Watch: King Charles III greets crowds outside Buckingham Palace

King Charles III was seen greeting crowds outside Buckingham Palace.

09 Sep 2022, 07:37:51 PM IST

Gun salute for Queen: 96 rounds to mark each year 

96 rounds were fired in a royal cannon salute from the Tower of London and Hyde Park in the nation's capital, Edinburgh Castle in Scotland, Hillsborough Castle in Northern Ireland, Cardiff Castle in Wales, and the Channel Islands, as well as Gibraltar. Every year of Queen Elizabeth's nearly century-long reign was indicated with each shot.

09 Sep 2022, 07:02:14 PM IST

Queen’s body will be moved to London

The Queen's body will be moved from Balmoral Castle to Edinburgh, and then to London. Operation Unicorn is the name given to the removal of the Queen's body from her private residence. In the event that a train is not available, the body will be flown to London.

She will lie in state for several days in Parliament's Westminster Hall, where the public will be able to pay their respects. A state funeral at Westminster Abbey is due to be attended by leaders and dignitaries from around the world. The period of national mourning will end the day after the Queen's funeral.

09 Sep 2022, 06:47:40 PM IST

Cricket in England will resume tomorrow

Following a suspension of games on September 9 due to the passing of Queen Elizabeth II, cricket in England will resume on September 10.

09 Sep 2022, 06:41:35 PM IST

King Charles, Queen Consort Camilla arrive in London

King Charles and Queen Consort Camilla have arrived in London. King Charles will be officially proclaimed as Britain's new monarch at a meeting of the Accession Council at St James's Palace on September 10.

09 Sep 2022, 05:44:38 PM IST

CR7 pays respect to Queen's memory

“Seven years of my career were played in the Premier League, making this my 8th season living in England. Throughout these years, I’ve felt the everlasting love of the UK for it’s Queen, and how important Her Majesty was and will forever be to the British people. I pay my respect to her memory and I mourn this irreplaceable loss with the country that I’ve learned to call home. My thoughts and prayers are with the Royal Family," wrote Cristiano Ronaldo.

09 Sep 2022, 05:42:38 PM IST

Australia pays tribute to Queen

'Across Australia, monuments and buildings have been illuminated in memory of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, reflecting the light she brought to so many,' wrote Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese.
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'Across Australia, monuments and buildings have been illuminated in memory of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, reflecting the light she brought to so many,' wrote Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese.
09 Sep 2022, 05:40:51 PM IST

Premier League postpones weekend matches

The Premier League has postponed the games this weekend out of respect for the Queen.

09 Sep 2022, 05:38:05 PM IST

Formula 1 remember the Queen

Formula 1 remember the Queen
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Formula 1 remember the Queen (Twitter/@F1)
09 Sep 2022, 05:31:45 PM IST

Interest rate meeting postponed

Due to the grieving period that followed the Queen's passing, the Bank of England has postponed its upcoming interest rate meeting by one week. The decision on interest rates will now be made public on September 22 rather than the Monetary Policy Committee's scheduled meeting the following week.

09 Sep 2022, 05:12:39 PM IST

Parliament meets to pay tribute to Queen

MPs and peers assembled in Parliament to pay tribute to the Queen. Commons Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle opened proceedings with his memories of the Queen. Normal business in Parliament has been suspended and lawmakers will spend two days offering their memories and reflections on the queen, who died Thursday after seven decades on the throne.

09 Sep 2022, 05:05:09 PM IST

Prince Charles to be crowned tomorrow

Prince Charles will formally become King Charles on September 10.

09 Sep 2022, 04:53:58 PM IST

Truss calls Queen ‘one of the greatest leaders’ ever

UK Prime Minister Liz Truss, while giving her tribute to the Queen, said she was "one of the greatest leaders the world has ever known" and the "rock on which modern Britain was built on".

"We remember the pledge she gave on her 21st birthday to dedicate her life to service. "The whole house will agree - never has a promise been so completely fulfilled," Truss added.

09 Sep 2022, 04:27:22 PM IST

Prince Harry arrives in London

The Duke of Sussex, Prince Harry, has returned to London. On September 9, about 8:15 AM, he left Balmoral alone and was seen at Aberdeen Airport getting on a flight. At 11.32 AM, his British Airways flight touched down at Heathrow.

09 Sep 2022, 03:57:00 PM IST

King Charles to travel back to London

King Charles has left the Balmoral Castle and will likely travel back to London with Camilla, who is now the Queen Consort. After that, the King will meet with newly-elected UK Prime Minister Liz Truss.

09 Sep 2022, 03:22:12 PM IST

Businesses under no obligation to remain closed

According to the official guidelines, organisations are not required to remain closed during the National Mourning period. Some companies may want to think about cancelling or delaying events, especially on the day of the State Funeral, depending on their type, location, and the nature of scheduled events. However, this is at the discretion of individual enterprises. Though there might be some alterations to service availability, public services will continue to be provided as usual, the guidelines added.

09 Sep 2022, 03:15:28 PM IST

God save the King, says UK court for the first time

For the first time in decades, UK courts have started proceedings with the name of the King. At the Old Bailey we’ve just had the first case called on in the name of the King. “God save the King," the Central Criminal Court England and Wales - also known as the Old Bailey - said on September 9, the BBC reported.

09 Sep 2022, 02:43:41 PM IST

Date of Queen’s funeral not yet confirmed

The Queen's state funeral is expected to take place at Westminster Abbey in less than two weeks. The exact date of the same has not been confirmed yet. It is expected to be confirmed soon by Buckingham Palace. The Queen passed away in Scotland, so St. Giles' Cathedral in Edinburgh will serve as the final resting place for her body. After a few days, the casket may be open to the public for viewing.

09 Sep 2022, 02:23:04 PM IST

One-day state mourning in India

Following the demise of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, the Indian government has decided that September 11 would be observed as a day of state mourning across the country, the Ministry of Home Affairs announced on September 9.

09 Sep 2022, 02:14:49 PM IST

King Charles to address the nation before Queen Elizabeth’s funeral

After taking the throne soon after his mother Queen Elizabeth II passed away, Britain's new King Charles III is expected to address the nation in a broadcast speech on September 9, as per media reports. Prior to the televised speech, a multi-day itinerary building up to the Queen's burial will take place.

09 Sep 2022, 01:40:37 PM IST

Australian republicans offer condolences for Queen but call for debate

Australians on Friday mourned the death of Queen Elizabeth, but republicans also revived a longstanding debate on ending the country's association with the 1,000-year-old monarchy.

The British monarch is the head of state in Australia, among 14 realms outside the United Kingdom, although the role is largely ceremonial.

Australia has long debated the need to keep a distant monarch. A 1999 referendum in Australia on becoming a republic lost with 55% of voters opposed.

"Our thoughts are with her family and all who loved her. Now Australia must move forward," said Australian Greens Party leader Adam Brandt, a prominent republican.

"We need Treaty with First Nations people, and we need to become a Republic," he wrote on Twitter.

A man reacts after laying flowers outside Government House following the passing of Queen Elizabeth II in Sydney, Australia, Friday, Sept. 9, 2022. Queen Elizabeth II, Britain's longest-reigning monarch and a symbol of stability in a turbulent era for her country and the world, died Thursday, Sept. 8 after 70 years on the throne. She was 96. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)
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A man reacts after laying flowers outside Government House following the passing of Queen Elizabeth II in Sydney, Australia, Friday, Sept. 9, 2022. Queen Elizabeth II, Britain's longest-reigning monarch and a symbol of stability in a turbulent era for her country and the world, died Thursday, Sept. 8 after 70 years on the throne. She was 96. (AP Photo/Mark Baker) (AP)
09 Sep 2022, 01:31:07 PM IST

British High Commission in Delhi opens book of condolence for Her Majesty

British High Commission in Delhi has opened book of condolence for Her Majesty The Queen from today.

09 Sep 2022, 01:17:09 PM IST

Tribute to the queen at the Times Square

TOPSHOT - An image of Queen Elizabeth II is displayed at Times Square in New York on September 9, 2022 following her dath at age 96. (Photo by Alex Kent / AFP)
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TOPSHOT - An image of Queen Elizabeth II is displayed at Times Square in New York on September 9, 2022 following her dath at age 96. (Photo by Alex Kent / AFP) (AFP)
09 Sep 2022, 01:10:12 PM IST

Tributes to the queen

TOPSHOT - A man delivers a condolence wreath at the British embassy following the death of Queen Elizabeth II, in Jakarta on September 9, 2022. - Queen Elizabeth II, the longest-serving monarch in British history and an icon instantly recognisable to billions of people around the world, died at her Scottish Highland retreat on September 8 at the age of 96. (Photo by BAY ISMOYO / AFP)
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TOPSHOT - A man delivers a condolence wreath at the British embassy following the death of Queen Elizabeth II, in Jakarta on September 9, 2022. - Queen Elizabeth II, the longest-serving monarch in British history and an icon instantly recognisable to billions of people around the world, died at her Scottish Highland retreat on September 8 at the age of 96. (Photo by BAY ISMOYO / AFP) (AFP)
09 Sep 2022, 01:05:10 PM IST

Members of a ballet company lay flowers outside the British embassy in Tokyo 

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09 Sep 2022, 01:03:36 PM IST

Tributes by the people of Britain

Flowers and a message are seen outside Buckingham Palace, rear, in London, Friday, Sept. 9, 2022. Queen Elizabeth II, Britain's longest-reigning monarch and a rock of stability across much of a turbulent century, died Thursday Sept. 8, 2022, after 70 years on the throne. She was 96. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
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Flowers and a message are seen outside Buckingham Palace, rear, in London, Friday, Sept. 9, 2022. Queen Elizabeth II, Britain's longest-reigning monarch and a rock of stability across much of a turbulent century, died Thursday Sept. 8, 2022, after 70 years on the throne. She was 96. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth) (AP)
09 Sep 2022, 12:54:00 PM IST

People in Britain pay tribute to the Queen with flowers

Women place flower tributes on the railings of Buckingham Palace following Thursday's death of Queen Elizabeth II, in London, Friday, Sept. 9, 2022. (Kirsty O'Connor/PA via AP)
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Women place flower tributes on the railings of Buckingham Palace following Thursday's death of Queen Elizabeth II, in London, Friday, Sept. 9, 2022. (Kirsty O'Connor/PA via AP) (AP)
09 Sep 2022, 12:49:00 PM IST

UK rail, postal staff halt strikes after queen's death

British railway and postal workers, at the forefront of sector-wide strikes over a cost-of-living crisis, have halted upcoming walkouts following the death of Queen Elizabeth II. The Communication Workers Union had planned to continue a 48-hour stoppage Friday but this has been called off "out of respect for" the queen, CWU general secretary Dave Ward said in a statement late Thursday.

The RMT rail union said it was suspending walkouts planned the next week and the TSSA transport union has called off its September strikes. Train drivers union Aslef has also suspended a planned stoppage.

"RMT joins the whole nation in paying its respects to Queen Elizabeth," its general secretary Mick Lynch said in a statement. "The planned railway strike action on 15 and 17 September is suspended. "We express our deepest condolences to her family, friends and the country," he added.

09 Sep 2022, 12:37:07 PM IST

'Boss lady': Queen Elizabeth II remembered in former colony Hong Kong

Many Hong Kongers took to social media on Friday to mourn Queen Elizabeth II, a woman affectionately nicknamed "boss lady" among older residents in a city that was one of Britain's last colonies.

Elizabeth visited Hong Kong twice during her reign, while her son -- now King Charles III -- was present for the handover to China in 1997.

"My grandmother who raised me always spoke of the 'boss lady', I heard about her so much she felt like family... Today it's like a family member passed away," Facebook user Vincent Lam wrote.

"It's the end of an era... Thank you for your lifetime of devotion," read another post on the Facebook group Hong Kong Reminiscence that garnered nearly 4,000 likes within hours of Elizabeth's death, news of which broke overnight in the city.

09 Sep 2022, 12:17:52 PM IST

King Charles III starts reign as mourning begins for late queen

King Charles III on Friday readied to address his mourning subjects on the first full day of his new reign as Britain and the world commemorated the extraordinary life of his late mother, Queen Elizabeth II. At 73, Charles is the oldest monarch yet to ascend the throne of the United Kingdom, following the death of his "cherished" mother at her Scottish estate of Balmoral on Thursday.

He was due to return to London from Balmoral, where the 96-year-old queen died "peacefully" after a year-long period of ill-health and decline, at the culmination of a record-breaking reign of 70 years. "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," Charles said in a statement.

09 Sep 2022, 12:07:30 PM IST

Union Jack flag flown at half-mast at British High Commission in New Delhi

The Union Jack flag at the British High Commission in New Delhi was flown at half-mast on Friday following the demise of Queen Elizabeth II. "Her Majesty lived a life of service, of constancy which inspired and continues to inspire deep respect and affection. On this sad day I remember what She gave to my country and to so many people around the world," British High Commissioner to Alex Ellis tweeted.

09 Sep 2022, 11:55:53 AM IST

As Charles becomes king, Britain's new order of succession

1. Prince William, the elder son of Charles and the late Princess Diana. He is married to Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge. Their three children follow him in the line of succession.

2. Prince George of Cambridge, born in July 2013.

3. Princess Charlotte of Cambridge, born in May 2015.

4. Prince Louis of Cambridge, born in April 2018.

5. Prince Harry, the younger son of Charles and Diana.

6. Archie Mountbatten-Windsor, born to Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, in May 2019.

7. Lilibet Mountbatten-Windsor, born in June 2021.

8. Prince Andrew, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip’s second-eldest son.

9. Princess Beatrice, elder daughter of Andrew and his former wife, Sarah Ferguson.

10. Sienna Elizabeth, daughter of Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, born in September 2021.

11. Princess Eugenie, Andrew and Sarah’s younger daughter.

12. August Brooksbank, born to Eugenie and James Brooksbank in February 2021.

13. Prince Edward, the queen and Philip’s youngest child.

14. James, Viscount Severn, the younger child of Edward and his wife Sophie, Countess of Wessex.

15. Lady Louise Mountbatten-Windsor, Edward and Sophie’s daughter.

09 Sep 2022, 11:31:39 AM IST

Crowning a new monarch: what to expect

As Charles automatically became king the moment his mother Queen Elizabeth II died, the coronation will not come until later as this deeply symbolic ceremony takes time to organise. The coronation of a British sovereign is steeped in rituals dating back centuries. Elizabeth II's coronation in 1953 came more than a year after she became queen upon the death of her father George VI.

Period of mourning: The coronation is separate from the Accession Council, which assembles in St James's Palace immediately upon the death of a monarch to formally proclaim the accession of the successor to the throne.

Coronation ceremony: The ceremony takes place at Westminster Abbey and is ministered by the Archbishop of Canterbury, the religious leader of the Anglican Church. The archbishop introduces the new ruler to the audience, who applaud, before the sovereign then pronounces the oath of coronation.

Coronation of the wife: Unless otherwise decided, and if the new ruler is a man, his wife is proclaimed queen and crowned, following a similar but simplified ceremony. She will become queen dowager (or queen mother if the previous queen dowager is still alive) on the death of the king, who will be succeeded by his first child, regardless of gender. Queen Elizabeth II, in one of her last decisive acts for the succession, settled a long-running question about what Charles' wife, Camilla, will be called.

The Crown Jewels: The United Kingdom still uses regalia -- costumes and ornaments such as sceptres and swords -- at coronation ceremonies. The crown of St. Edward, made in 1661 for the coronation of Charles II, is traditionally used during the ceremony. Made of gold, silver, rubies and sapphires, it weighs more than two kilograms (more than four pounds) and is placed on the monarch's head at the actual moment of crowning. A lighter crown is worn when leaving the abbey. Composed of 2,868 diamonds, it was made in 1937 for the coronation of George VI and is also worn by the ruler at the annual opening of parliament.

09 Sep 2022, 10:52:06 AM IST

Pope Francis pays tribute to the Queen's ‘life of unstinting service’

"I willingly join all who mourn her loss in praying for the late Queen’s eternal rest, and in paying tribute to her life of unstinting service to the good of the Nation and the Commonwealth," says Pope Francis.

09 Sep 2022, 10:51:34 AM IST

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz describes Queen as "role model and inspiration for millions"

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz described the Queen as a "role model and inspiration for millions". He praised her role in repairing relations between the UK and Germany after "the horrors of World War II". She will be missed, not least her wonderful humour, he said.

09 Sep 2022, 10:29:55 AM IST

Watch: Bells of Sydney Town Hall and St Andrew's Cathedral toll 96 times, once for each year of her life

09 Sep 2022, 10:14:27 AM IST

China's Xi Jinping offers 'sincere sympathies' to Britain after queen's death

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday offered "sincere sympathies to the British government and people" following the death of Queen Elizabeth II. "Xi Jinping, representing the Chinese government and the Chinese people, as well as in his own name, expresses deep condolences," a statement said. "Her passing is a great loss to the British people."

09 Sep 2022, 10:07:57 AM IST

Elton John pays tribute to Queen at his final Toronto show

Elton John paid tribute to Queen Elizabeth II at his final concert in Toronto on Thursday night, saying he was inspired by her and is sad she is gone.

“She led the country through some of our greatest and darkest moments with grace and decency and genuine caring," John said.

“I’m 75 and she been with with me all my life and I feel very sad that that she won’t be with me anymore, but I’m glad she’s at peace," he said. "I’m glad she’s at rest and she deserves it. She worked bloody hard."

The singer-songwriter then performed his 1974 track “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me."

09 Sep 2022, 09:55:35 AM IST

Toronto film festival halted as a tribute to Queen Elizabeth II

The Toronto Film Festival, on Thursday, halted to commemorate Queen Elizabeth II's death just before its 47th edition. As per The Hollywood Reporter, TIFF CEO Cameron Bailey, said in a statement on the festival's Twitter account "We extend our sincerest condolences to the family and loved ones of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on the day of her passing."

"As we prepare to welcome Canadians and international guests to the festival, we know that many will be deeply affected by her death. We keep her legacy in our memory," Bailey added.

09 Sep 2022, 09:42:41 AM IST

William: popular prince becomes heir to the throne

William has grown up with a strong sense of his future responsibilities, with Charles's reign inevitably set to be shorter than that of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II. And as the new king ages William will have a much more visible public profile, preparing for his later role as king, said Robert Hazell, professor of government and the constitution at University College London.

"William will have to undertake more of the load, so I have no doubt that there will be an increasing share of royal duty that William will assume," he told AFP. William, 40, has so far managed to carve a life largely out of the spotlight, taking on military and civilian jobs and as a hands-on father of three with his wife, Catherine, proving popular with the public.

They are known as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and now after the queen's death, also as the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall. The couple have become prominent campaigners for mental health. They have also advocated for protecting the environment and conservation, showing a more modern face to the ancient institution. "I think that most people think that William and Kate will make a great team and be a great king and queen," said Phil Dampier, a royal author.

09 Sep 2022, 09:31:21 AM IST

Queen Elizabeth II death: The new titles of the British Royal family

Royal family members have received new titles after the death of Queen Elizabeth II on September 8. Following the demise of Britain's longest-reigning monarch at the Balmoral Castle, Prince Charles has finally become king of the United Kingdom and 14 other realms, ending a wait of more than 70 years. Read more here

09 Sep 2022, 09:19:55 AM IST

Watch: Crowd outside the palace singing the national anthem

09 Sep 2022, 09:06:56 AM IST

Rock on which modern Britain was built: PM Liz Truss pays tribute to Queen

Britain's newly-elected Prime Minister Liz Truss has paid tribute to the Queen as the rock on which modern Britain was built, soon after Buckingham Palace announced the death of Queen Elizabeth II in Scotland. Truss, who had been anointed by the 96-year-old monarch just days before on Tuesday at Balmoral Castle, stepped out at 10 Downing Street in London on Thursday to reflect upon the legacy of Britain’s longest-reigning monarch. She described her as a champion of the Commonwealth and a source of stability and strength over the course of 70 years of her reign. “She was the very spirit of Great Britain – and that spirit will endure," said Truss. “Queen Elizabeth II was the rock on which modern Britain was built. Our country has grown and flourished under her reign. Britain is the great country it is today because of her," she said.

“She has been our longest-ever reigning monarch. It is an extraordinary achievement to have presided with such dignity and grace for 70 years. Her life of service stretched beyond most of our living memories. In return, she was loved and admired by the people in the United Kingdom and all around the world," she added.

09 Sep 2022, 08:53:48 AM IST

List of Sports events cancelled, tributes paid after Queen Elizabeth dies

The world of sport reacted to the death of Queen Elizabeth on Thursday with a raft of cancellations across cricket, golf, rugby and cycling, while others paid tribute by holding a minute's silence.

- The second day of the third and deciding cricket test between England and South Africa at the Oval on Friday was suspended as a mark of respect, while matches in the domestic Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy were called off.

- The English Football League (EFL) cancelled two games scheduled for Friday, while West Ham United fans sang a rousing rendition of "God Save the Queen" before their Europa Conference League match against Romanian side FCSB on Thursday. A minute's silence was observed at Europa League games featuring British teams and players wore black armbands.

- The Scottish Championship game on Friday between Cove Rangers and Dundee was also postponed by the Scottish Professional Football League.

- British media reported that the Premier League is also likely to decide on the weekend's fixtures on Friday.

- At Wentworth, which is hosting the BMW PGA golf Championship, the flagship event of Europe's DP World Tour, play was suspended on Thursday, and organisers cancelled Friday's second round.

- In cycling, the Tour of Britain called off Friday's sixth stage before also cancelling the weekend's remaining stages.

- Saracens' game against Northampton Saints in the Premiership Rugby Cup later on Thursday was postponed while Scottish Rugby has suspended all domestic watches this weekend.

- The British Horseracing Authority also suspended all events for two days. Horse racing was the queen's passion and she was a regular race-goer as well as an owner and breeder of racing stock.

- The U.S.-based National Football League observed a moment of silence before the start of the regular-season opening game between the Los Angeles Rams and the Buffalo Bills.

- The U.S. Open tennis championships and motor racing's Formula One will also observe silences.

- World Athletics president Sebastian Coe hailed the queen for her role in the successful staging of the 2012 London Olympics.

09 Sep 2022, 08:34:17 AM IST

How the Royal Family Used Twitter to Tell the World the Queen Had Died

Queen’s Elizabeth II’s death after 70 years on the throne was announced first on Twitter — from the Royal Family’s own account. A tweet stating the long-serving monarch had “died peacefully at Balmoral" was posted by @RoyalFamily at 6.30 p.m. local time, two minutes ahead of the BBC’s own announcement on the platform.

That Twitter was chosen as the initial vector for the news shows how much the family’s approach to communication has morphed, especially in the latter years of the Queen’s reign. Known for their use of pomp and ceremony to reinforce the power of the monarchy, the Windsors have become savvy users of social media.

The tweet came alongside a raft of more traditional protocols surrounding the monarch’s death, plans for which have been a closely guarded secret for decades. A Guardian report in 2017 said news of the Queen’s death would first be relayed to the UK prime minister via the coded message “London Bridge is down," before an announcement made via a “newsflash to the Press Association and the rest of the world’s media simultaneously."

09 Sep 2022, 08:20:52 AM IST

US President Joe Biden's statement on Queen's death

The US flag was lowered in Washington to half staff to mark the passing of a monarch whose legacy President Joe Biden said "will loom large in the pages of British history, and in the story of our world".

09 Sep 2022, 07:38:33 AM IST

Mumbai's Dabbawala condole the death of Queen Elizabeth II

Mumbai Dabbawala Association has had a very close relationship with British Royal Family ever since Prince Charles visited India. 

“We're very sad to hear about the death of Queen Elizabeth II & all Dabbawalas pray that her soul rest in peace," Subhash Talekar, Association Chairman.

09 Sep 2022, 07:18:37 AM IST

Here are the longest running reins since the 17th century

Queen Elizabeth II was one of the longest-serving monarchs. Louis XIV was the King of France from 14 May 1643 until his death in 1715. His reign of 72 years is the longest recorded of any monarch of a sovereign country in history.

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09 Sep 2022, 07:09:35 AM IST

Australia has suspended parliament to pay homage to Queen Elizabeth II

Australia has suspended parliament and is not expected to return for at least two weeks, while in New Zealand politicians are expected to gather in the house next week to pay their respects.

09 Sep 2022, 06:51:30 AM IST

Queen Elizabeth's death: From national anthem to currency, changes UK can expect

Royal Mint has always issued currency depicting the reigning monarch for more than 1,100 years and Queen Elizabeth was no different – with her portraits gracing coins in Britain and throughout the Commonwealth since she took the throne. New coins had been designed in her honor about once a decade. Read more here

09 Sep 2022, 06:37:30 AM IST

Queen Elizabeth II and her romance with India

Queen Elizabeth II, who died aged 96 on Thursday, was the first British monarch to accede to the throne after India's Independence from colonial rule in 1952 and cherished the "warmth and hospitality" she received during her three State Visits to the country over the course of her reign – in 1961, 1983 and 1997. "The warmth and hospitality of the Indian people, and the richness and diversity of India itself have been an inspiration to all of us," she said in one of her addresses. Read more here

09 Sep 2022, 06:20:30 AM IST

PM Modi's tribute to Queen Elizabeth II

In a Tweet, PM Modi wrote, "Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will be remembered as a stalwart of our times. She provided inspiring leadership to her nation and people. She personified dignity and decency in public life. Pained by her demise. My thoughts are with her family and people of UK in this sad hour."

09 Sep 2022, 06:15:46 AM IST

A tourist didn't recognize Queen Elizabeth, asked her: ‘Have you ever met the queen’

The story of how Queen Elizabeth handled an encounter with an American hiker who did not recognise her, recounted by a former bodyguard who was with her that day, revealed the fun-loving side of her personality that the public rarely saw. Read more here

09 Sep 2022, 06:08:44 AM IST

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Queen Elizabeth's death

In a message to Charles, Britain's new king, Vladimir Putin said the Queen "rightfully enjoyed the love and respect of her subjects, as well as authority on the world stage", adding:

"I wish you courage and resilience in the face of this difficult, irreparable loss. May I ask you to pass on sincere condolences and support to members of the royal family and the entire people of Great Britain."

09 Sep 2022, 06:05:06 AM IST

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, becomes King Charles's Queen Consort

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, becomes King Charles's Queen Consort, in a remarkable journey to public acceptance after she became a hate figure for her perceived role in the break-up of his marriage to princess Diana. For years, Camilla was vilified as the marriage-wrecker who shattered Britain's fairy-tale royal love story. Diana famously complained in a bombshell BBC television interview in 1995 that "there were three of us in this marriage" -- her, Charles and Camilla, his long-time lover.

She even reportedly called her love rival a "rottweiler". After Diana died in a Paris car crash in 1997, Charles and Camilla gradually began to appear together in public and in time became accepted as a couple. They married in 2005.

09 Sep 2022, 05:47:24 AM IST

Things you might not know about Queen Elizabeth II

Queen Elizabeth II, Britain’s longest-reigning monarch and a rock of stability across much of a turbulent century, died Thursday after 70 years on the throne. She was 96. Her 73-year-old son Prince Charles automatically became king and will be known as King Charles III, his office announced. (British monarchs in the past have selected new names upon taking the throne. Queen Elizabeth was a trained truck mechanic, Two birthdays and other things you might not know. Read more here 

09 Sep 2022, 05:42:18 AM IST

Paris Eiffel Tower lighting turned off in honour of Queen Elizabeth II

Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo said in a statement on Twitter that the lighting on the Eiffel Tower would be turned off on Thursday night in honour of Queen Elizabeth. Hidalgo said she had ensured British Ambassador Menna Rawlings of the deep sympathy and support of Paris for the people of the United Kingdom. "Tonight, the Eiffel Tower lights will be switched off in hommage to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II," Hidalgo said.

09 Sep 2022, 01:41:17 AM IST

UK PM Truss speaks to King Charles III

UK Prime Minister Liz Truss spoke to King Charles III after the death of Queen Elizabeth II, according to a Downing Street spokesperson.

Truss was informed of the Queen's death at 4.30 p.m. local time by Cabinet Secretary Simon Case.

Truss is expected to chair a meeting of ministers at 9 p.m. local time Thursday

09 Sep 2022, 01:25:26 AM IST

UK's iconic black cabs pay their respects to Queen Elizabeth.

09 Sep 2022, 01:22:17 AM IST

Queen's death will change many things, Commonwealth and UK's National Anthem

Most of the government imagery on public property has represented UK's longest serving monarch, Queen Elizabeth and now with her passing all that would change. Queen Elizabeth was the head of Commonwealth, which included 54 countries spanning Africa, Asia, America, Europe and Pacific. After her death position of Head of the Commonwealth will be filled up by respective states. Read More

09 Sep 2022, 01:20:48 AM IST

Queen Elizabeth's three visits to India. 15 memorable photos

Queen Elizabeth II, Britain's longest-serving monarch, died on Thursday at the age of 96. During her tenure of 70 years on the throne, she visited India thrice - 1961, 1983 and 1997. Of the three, the most crucial was the 1961's visit, which was 15 years after India's Independence. View Here

09 Sep 2022, 01:19:59 AM IST

Charles is Britain's new monarch. What he will be known as?

Britain's new monarch will be known as King Charles III, royal officials say. Clarence House confirmed on Thursday that Britain's new monarch will be known as King Charles III, following the death of Queen Elizabeth, PA Media reported on Thursday. Read More

09 Sep 2022, 01:18:40 AM IST

Prince Harry arrives at Balmoral Castle to pay last respect to the Queen

Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex, has arrived at Balmoral Castle in Scotland, according to the UK’s PA Media news agency.

He was seen being driven in a convoy of cars heading through the gates at Balmoral Castle.

09 Sep 2022, 01:01:58 AM IST

Queen's funeral expected to take place after 10 days in Windsor

Prince Charles will now be known as King Charles III. Thanks to the Royal Prerogative, royals can pick whatever name they like although there are some traditions to respect:

One of the first acts of the new monarch will be to swear loyalty to Parliament and to the Church of England. The council will also make a "Proclamation of Accession".

Queen Elizabeth II's body will be prepared to lie in state, which means to be presented for public viewing to allow people to pay their homage and respect.

"The Queen will lie in state at Westminster Hall with the funeral to follow at Westminster Abbey,"

During the lying-in-state period, the coffin rests on a raised platform in the middle of the Hall. Each corner of the platform is guarded around the clock by units from the Sovereign's Bodyguard, Foot Guards or the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment.

Then the Queen will be laid to rest in St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, where her parents, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother are buried.

09 Sep 2022, 12:31:40 AM IST

Paris Eiffel Tower lighting to be turned off in honour of Queen Elizabeth

Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo said in a statement on Twitter that the lighting on the Eiffel Tower would be turned off on Thursday night in honour of Queen Elizabeth.

Hidalgo said she had ensured British Ambassador Menna Rawlings of the deep sympathy and support of Paris for the people of the United Kingdom.

"Tonight, the Eiffel Tower lights will be switched off in hommage to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II," Hidalgo said.

09 Sep 2022, 12:23:41 AM IST

US President Biden pays tribute

President Biden remembered the Queen by offering this anecdote:

“We first met the Queen in 1982, traveling to the UK as part of a Senate delegation.

“And we were honored that she extended her hospitality to us in June 2021 during our first overseas trip as President and First Lady, where she charmed us with her wit, moved us with her kindness, and generously shared with us her wisdom.

“All told, she met 14 American presidents. She helped Americans commemorate both the anniversary of the founding of Jamestown and the bicentennial of our independence.

“And she stood in solidarity with the United States during our darkest days after 9/11, when she poignantly reminded us that “Grief is the price we pay for love."

“In the years ahead, we look forward to continuing a close friendship with The King and The Queen Consort."

09 Sep 2022, 12:22:04 AM IST

Charles to be known by regnal name King Charles III

Clarence House has confirmed that Charles will be known by the regnal name of King Charles III. He is expected to make an address tomorrow,

09 Sep 2022, 12:04:59 AM IST

Tributes pour in from across the world

UK Prime Minister, Liz Truss said the Queen’s death is a “huge shock to the nation and the world".

The PM said she was “the rock on which modern Britain was built and our country has flourished under her reign".

French president, Emmanuel Macron, said “Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II embodied the British nation’s continuity and unity for over 70 years."

Belgian prime minister, Alexander De Croo, has paid the following tribute: “Belgium sends its condolences to the British Royal Family and to the British people.

Former US President, Bill Clinton, said, “My thoughts and prayers are with the Royal Family and all the people Her Majesty inspired throughout her lifetime of service."

09 Sep 2022, 12:04:59 AM IST

King Charles III expresses ‘greatest sadness’ 

King Charles has made a statement about the death of his mother, Queen Elizabeth.

He said: “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.

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

King Charles has made a statement about the death of his mother
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King Charles has made a statement about the death of his mother
08 Sep 2022, 11:49:57 PM IST

‘Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will be remembered as a stalwart of our times’

‘I had memorable meetings with Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II during my UK visits in 2015 and 2018. I will never forget her warmth and kindness. During one of the meetings she showed me the handkerchief Mahatma Gandhi gifted her on her wedding. I will always cherish that gesture.’ he further tweeted, “Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will be remembered as a stalwart of our times. She provided inspiring leadership to her nation and people. She personified dignity and decency in public life. Pained by her demise. My thoughts are with her family and people of UK in this sad hour."

‘Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will be remembered as a stalwart of our times’, PM Modi
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‘Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will be remembered as a stalwart of our times’, PM Modi
08 Sep 2022, 11:42:39 PM IST

Tearful crowd gathers outside Buckingham Palace to mourn their Queen

Personnel place a sign announcing the death of Queen Elizabeth on a fence outside the Buckingham Palace, after Queen Elizabeth, Britain's longest-reigning monarch and the nation's figurehead for seven decades, died aged 96, according to Buckingham Palace, in London, Britain September 8, 2022. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls
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Personnel place a sign announcing the death of Queen Elizabeth on a fence outside the Buckingham Palace, after Queen Elizabeth, Britain's longest-reigning monarch and the nation's figurehead for seven decades, died aged 96, according to Buckingham Palace, in London, Britain September 8, 2022. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls (REUTERS)
08 Sep 2022, 11:38:13 PM IST

Royal website has gone dark in honour of Queen Elizabeth II

The website notes that it's temporarily unavailable and currently has an image paying homage to the late Queen.
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The website notes that it's temporarily unavailable and currently has an image paying homage to the late Queen.
08 Sep 2022, 11:32:29 PM IST

Prince Charles to become King of United Kingdom

The Queen's eldest son, Prince Charles, will now become King, while his eldest son, Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, assumes the position of heir to the throne. Charles immediately became King upon the death of his mother, Queen Elizabeth.

The Royal family referred to Charles as King in announcing the death of Queen Elizabeth. The tweet referred to Camila as the Queen Consort.

As heir apparent since the age of three, he has been the longest serving heir to the throne in British history.

Upon becoming the sovereign, Charles has the option to take any name he chooses for his reign as King. For example, King George VI’s real name was actually Albert. Two previous monarchs have been called Charles.

08 Sep 2022, 11:30:41 PM IST

Royal Family shares news with a smile image of the Queen

08 Sep 2022, 11:29:34 PM IST

Changing of the guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace cancelled

The traditional changing of the guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace in the UK has been cancelled amid reports of the deteriorating health of Queen Elizabeth II, media reports said on Thursday.

A sign saying "No changing of the guard ceremony today" was put up at the gates of the palace, American weekly online news magazine Newsweek reported.

08 Sep 2022, 11:28:38 PM IST

‘The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon’

In a statement, Buckingham Palace said: "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."

All the Queen's children travelled to Balmoral, near Aberdeen, after doctors placed the Queen under medical supervision.

Her grandson, Prince William, is also there, with his brother, Prince Harry, on his way.

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