King Charles III is mourning the death of Queen Elizabeth.
Following the news of the 96-year-old monarch’s death on Thursday, Charles released a statement commemorating his mother’s life and legacy.
“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,” the statement reads. “We mourn profoundly the passing of a cherished Sovereign and a much-loved Mother. I know her loss will be deeply felt throughout the country, the Realms and the Commonwealth, and by countless people around the world.
“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.”
The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral, her Scottish estate, on Thursday afternoon following more than seven decades in service of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth. She ascended the throne after the death of George VI on February 6, 1952, and became a serene and reassuring presence for Britons throughout her time on the throne. Her 70-year reign made her the longest-reigning monarch in British history.
Her descendants include her four children, eight grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren.
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