King Charles III is due to give a televised address this morning after the death of Queen Elizabeth II.
The 73-year-old monarch’s speech is expected to be broadcast at 5am (NZT).
In an earlier statement, King Charles said his beloved mother’s death was a moment of “great sadness” for him and his family.
“We mourn profoundly the passing of a cherished sovereign and a much-loved mother.
“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’s eldest son and heir to the throne automatically and immediately became King when his mother died peacefully at Balmoral Castle yesterday, Buckingham Palace said in a statement delivered at 5.30am (NZT).
She was 96 and had spent 70 years on the throne.
Her family, including King Charles, rushed to be by her side in Scotland after Her Majesty’s doctors said late on Thursday night (NZT) they were concerned for her health and had recommended she remain under medical supervision.
After the news of the Queen’s death spread throughout the world, people began to mourn and thousands gathered outside Buckingham Palace in London – many with bouquets of flowers and candles.
Talking to Newstalk ZB yesterday, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said she expects King Charles will stay politically neutral, despite making his opinions known on several issues in the past.
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