Live Updates: Queen Elizabeth II Dies, Charles Becomes King

LONDON – The head of the Anglican Church says the death of Queen Elizabeth II is a moment of massive change for Britain and the world.

The Queen – who was monarch and Supreme Governor of the Church of England – died Thursday at the age of 96 after 70 years on the throne.

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby says that for many people “a part of our lives that we took for granted is no longer there.”

He says that with her death, there has been “a huge shift in the world around us, in how we see it and how we understand ourselves.”

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MAIN DEVELOPMENTS:

— Prince Charles became king after his mother’s death

— Will Charles be loved by his subjects like his mother?

— Queen Elizabeth II, a dutiful monarch, dies at 96

— Elizabeth is the only monarch that most people in Britain know

— ‘A constant in my life’: World mourns Queen Elizabeth II

— Biden is the 13th and last US president to meet Queen Elizabeth II

— Find more AP coverage here: https://apnews.com/hub/queen-elizabeth-ii

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OTHER DEVELOPMENTS:

NEW DELHI – The Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, expressed deep sadness on Friday over the death of Queen Elizabeth II and offered his condolences to her family and the British people.

In a letter to King Charles III, the Dalai Lama said, “I remember seeing pictures of her coronation in magazines when I was young in Tibet.”

He added that “your mother lived a meaningful life with dignity, grace, a strong sense of service and a warm heart, qualities we should all cherish.”

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COPENHAGEN, Denmark – Queen Margrethe II of Denmark, whose 50-year reign is now Europe’s longest, called the late Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain “a towering figure among European monarchs and a great inspiration to us all.”

“We will miss her terribly,” Margrethe said in a statement from the Danish royal family. Elizabeth died Thursday at the age of 96 after 70 years on the British throne.

In neighboring Sweden, King Carl XVI Gustaf said the British monarch had “an extraordinary devotion and devotion to duty” and Norway’s King Harald said Elizabeth devotedly “joined the British people through joy and sorrow, through good times and bad.”

Finnish President Sauli Niinisto said Elizabeth “witnessed and shaped history like few others. Her devotion to duty and dedication to service are an example to all of us.”

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BEIJING — Chinese President Xi Jinping has expressed his condolences to the British royal family over the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

He noted in the statement Friday that Elizabeth was the first British monarch to visit China, which she did in 1986. “Her death is a great loss to the British people.”

The statement added that China was willing to cooperate with King Charles III as an opportunity to promote bilateral relations and benefit the two countries and their people.

Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang also sent a message of condolence to British Prime Minister Liz Truss.

The Queen’s death on Thursday comes amid tensions between Britain and China over human rights, trade and China’s relentless crackdown on freedom of expression and political opposition in the former British colony of Hong Kong.

The Queen’s death was a trending topic on Chinese social media, with many people saying her death marks the end of an era.

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MANILA, Philippines – Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. expressed deep sadness on Friday at the death of the Queen, saying she “exemplified to the world the great dignity, devotion to duty and devotion of a true monarch to all in her realm.”

“We, along with many Filipinos living and working in England, although not subjects of the Queen, have developed a great sense of affection for her as Queen, Mother and Grandmother,” said Marcos Jr. a statement on Facebook. “The world has lost a truly majestic figure in what she has displayed throughout her life and during her reign as queen.”

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CANBERRA, Australia — Malcolm Turnbull, the leader of a failed campaign to have an Australian president replace the British monarch as Australia’s head of state and who later became prime minister, came close to tears on Friday as he paid tribute to Queen Elizabeth II.

Turnbull chaired the Australian Republican Movement in 1999 when Australians voted in a referendum against the nation becoming a republic, severing constitutional ties with the Queen. He was Prime Minister between 2015 and 2018, during which time the Queen gave him a photo of herself with her husband Prince Philip.

Turnbull’s voice trembled as he recalled looking at the photo on Thursday night before he and his wife Lucy Turnbull went to bed with a sense of dread over news from Buckingham Palace of the Queen’s ill health.

“I took out the portrait of the Queen and put it on and we thought, ‘What a great life. What great leadership,” Turnbull told the Australian Broadcasting Corp.

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TORONTO — Elton John paid tribute to Queen Elizabeth II at his concert in Toronto on Thursday night, saying he was inspired by her and that he was sad she was gone.

“She led the country through some of our greatest and darkest moments with grace and decency and genuine caring,” said John.

“I feel very sad that she won’t be with me anymore, but I’m glad she is at peace,” he said. “I’m glad she’s resting and she deserves it. She has worked very hard.”

The singer-songwriter then performed his 1974 song “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me.”

John was knighted by the Queen in 1998, a year after the death of his girlfriend Princess Diana. Prince Charles also anointed the musician and charity benefactor as a member of the Order of the Companions of Honor last year.

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Condolences poured in from all over the world following the death of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II.

Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanian mourned Queen Elizabeth II as the only reigning monarch most Australians have known and the only one to ever visit their country.

“And over the course of a remarkable seven decades, Her Majesty has been a rare and reassuring constant amid rapid changes,” he said. “Through the noise and turbulence of the years, she embodied and displayed a timeless decency and an enduring calm.”

The British monarch is Australia’s official head of state, although today the role is considered mostly ceremonial.

President Joe Biden signed the condolence book at the British Embassy in Washington and his wife, Jill Biden, brought a bouquet of flowers. The president heard the embassy staff say, “We mourn all of you. She was a great lady.”

French President Emmanuel Macron praised the Queen’s ‘unchanging moral authority’, her deep understanding of and stability she brought ‘over the swings and upheavals of politics, a permanence with the scent of eternity’.

Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness, who announced this year that the British Commonwealth was planning to become fully independent, said: “We are saddened not to see her light again, but we will remember her historic reign.”

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said Queen Elizabeth II was “the heart and soul of the United Kingdom” and her passing was deeply mourned by everyone in the city-state.

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has declared three days of mourning, saying that Elizabeth was “a queen to us all”.

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol tweeted their condolences, and Malaysian Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah mourned the Queen on Facebook as “a towering figure” dedicated to serving the people of the world. UK and Commonwealth.

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The foreign minister of Myanmar’s National Unity Government, an underground parallel government leading the fight for democracy in Myanmar against the military-led government, posted her condolences on Twitter.

“I am deeply saddened by the news of the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. On behalf of @NUGMyanmar and the people of Myanmar, I extend our deepest condolences to the Royal Family and the people of the United Kingdom and Commonwealth,” wrote Zin Mar Aung.

Myanmar, then called Burma, gained independence from British colonial rule in 1948.

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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – The King and Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia have expressed their condolences on the death of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II.

Statements made Friday in Saudi state media quoted King Salman as saying Queen Elizabeth was “an epitome of leadership that will be immortalized in history”.

He added: “We recall with appreciation the efforts of the deceased to consolidate the friendship and cooperation relations between our two friendly countries, as well as the high international status Her Majesty enjoyed during the decades in which she took the throne of your friendly country. .”

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand – New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern told reporters she was awakened just before 5 a.m. by a police officer who lit a torch in her bedroom to tell her the news of Queen Elizabeth II’s death.

Under New Zealand’s constitutional arrangements, the Queen was also New Zealand’s monarch and head of state.

“The last days of the Queen’s life showed who she was in so many ways,” Ardern said. “Working to the end on behalf of the people she loved.”

Ardern said the Queen was an extraordinary woman she would remember for her smile. Ardern said that like many other people, she felt not only deep sadness but also deep gratitude.

“Here is a woman who has given her life completely to the service of others. And regardless of what anyone thinks of the role of monarchies around the world, there is unmistakably, I think here, a display of someone who gave everything on behalf of her people , and her people included the people of Aotearoa, New Zealand.”

Ardern said New Zealand had entered a period of official mourning and would hold a state memorial after the official funeral in Britain.

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LONDON — Several sporting events in Britain were canceled out of respect after the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

The BMW PGA Championship golf event immediately suspended play on Thursday and the course and practice facilities will be closed on Friday.

The England and Wales Cricket Board said Friday’s game in the second Test between England and South Africa at the Oval would not take place.

Horse racing in Britain was suspended on Thursday evening and Friday, and domestic rugby matches in England and Scotland were canceled on Thursday and there are also no matches on weekends.

Friday’s stage in the Tour of Britain has been cancelled, with a decision to be made on the last two stages of the weekend in due course.

A minute of silence was held in New York on Thursday evening prior to the US Open women’s semifinals. “We would like to pause for a moment to remember Queen Elizabeth II,” the stadium announcer said. “Our thoughts are with the people of the UK today. Don’t forget to be part of us in a second of silence.”