At the Scottish royal estate Balmoral, the queen passed away on Thursday 8.

The 96-year-old monarch's health had been raised earlier in the day.

In his first speech as king on Thursday night, Prince Charles paid tribute to his mother, Queen Elizabeth II.

The statement stated, for me and all members of my family, the passing of my dear Mother is a moment of the greatest sadness."

The crowning ceremony for the new sovereign, known as the coronation, won't take place for a few months.

Charles also serves as the head of state for the remaining members of the Commonwealth Realm.

In 2018, the queen appointed Charles as the leader of the Commonwealth of Nations.

an organisation made up of the UK and 53 other nations, some of which were formerly a member of the British Empire.