William, who will now be known as the Prince of Wales, said in a statement that “on Thursday, the world lost an extraordinary leader, whose loyalty to the nation, the Realms, and the Commonwealth was genuine.”
The significance of her historic reign will be the subject of a lot of writing in the upcoming weeks.
“But I recently lost my grandmother. And while I shall miss her, I also feel a great sense of gratitude. I am in my fifth decade and have benefited from The Queen’s knowledge and assurance.
She has provided my wife with advice and assistance for twenty years. She has allowed my three children to spend the holidays with her and make lifelong memories.”
“Although I expected this day, it will take some time before I can truly accept that Grannie is no longer in my life. She stood by my side during the best and most difficult times in my life.”
In closing, he said, “I thank her for the care she showed to my family and myself, and I thank her on behalf of my generation for providing an example of responsibility and respect in public life that was rooted in a previous era but was always applicable to all of us.”
“The famous proverb, “Grief is the price we pay for love,’ is attributed to my grandma. The grief we will feel over the next weeks will all be an expression of our love for our great Queen. I shall do everything in my ability to assist my father, The King, in paying tribute to her memory.
King Charles announced their new titles and expressed his joy in granting his eldest son and successor the title in his famous speech to the country the day before.
Kate is the first person to bear the title since Diana, Princess of Wales, who used it during her marriage to Charles. It shows that William is following in the footsteps of his father. When Charles was just nine years old, the Queen appointed him Prince of Wales, a position he maintained for more than 64 years.
Charles predicted that the newly-elected Prince and Princess of Wales “will continue to inspire and guide our national debates, helping to bring the marginal to the center ground where critical support may be offered.”
As my successor, William now bears the Scottish titles that have meant so much to me, stated the King. He takes up the responsibilities I have held for the Duke of Cornwall for more than 50 years and succeeds me as Duke of Cornwall.
The nation whose title I have had the great pleasure to wear for a significant chunk of my life and service, I am proud to appoint him Prince of Wales.
“I have faith that our new Prince and Princess of Wales, with Catherine by their side, will continue to inspire and direct our national dialogue, helping to elevate the marginalized to the foreground where crucial assistance may be delivered.”
Buckingham Palace said the 96-year-old queen passed away on Thursday in Balmoral.
“The Queen died away peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon,” said the statement. The King and the Queen Consort will stay in Balmoral till the evening before returning to London the next day.
Earlier on Thursday, Prince William was seen chauffeuring the Duke of York, the Earl of Wessex, and the Countess of Wessex to the Queen’s official house at Balmoral.
Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis attended their first day of school in Windsor with their mother, Kate, 40.
The Queen is survived by a loyal family of grandchildren and great-grandchildren, including Peter Phillips, Zara Tindall, Prince William, the Duke of Sussex, Princess Beatrice, Princess Eugenie, Lady Louise Windsor, and Viscount Severn.
Prince William once said, “She may be my grandmother, but she’s also very much the boss.”