Charles III is the new British king.

Kqueen Elizabeth II is dead. The monarch died peacefully at her Scottish country estate, Balmoral Castle, at the age of 96, the palace announced on Thursday evening. Her eldest son Charles (73) will now ascend the throne after decades of waiting. "We are in deep mourning for a cherished sovereign and a well-loved mother," said the new King Charles III. With

Behind his father Charles comes Queen's grandson Prince William (40) to the heir to the throne. Number two in line to the throne is now 9-year-old Prince George. His siblings Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis have overtaken their uncle Harry in the line of succession. Princes no longer precede princesses in the line of succession to the Windsors. This puts William's younger brother in fifth place. Prince Harry's son Archie is sixth, daughter Lilibet is number seven.

The process that is set in motion after the death of the Queen follows a previously fixed process: First, the British Prime Minister Liz Truss informed about the death of the monarch with the sentence "London Brothers is down". This is followed by a precisely regulated procedure codenamed "Operation London Bridge" and which regulates the order in which who is informed.

Parts of "Operation London Bridge" have already been implemented. So British broadcasters interrupted their program for the death notice and obituaries Elizabeth II BBC presenters appeared dressed in black.

The royal family's website - - broke the news with a picture of the queen at a young age against a black background. The flags at Buckingham Palace in London were set at half-staff. All political activities have been suspended for the time being.

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