The royal family was met with sad news early this afternoon, when Queen Elizabeth II passed away at Balmoral castle, at the age of 96. But now that the longest-reigning British monarch has passed, she will be succeeded to the throne by her son, (who is now) King Charles. And with his first official message as king, Charles made a loving tribute to his late mother.
A letter from Buckingham Palace was posted to the official royal family Instagram, along with a heading that said: “A statement from His Majesty The King at the time of the Queen's death.”
King Charles started out by saying, “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.”