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Prince William and Kate express sadness as the Queen passes away

Following the passing of William’s grandmother, the Queen, on Thursday, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have issued a statement.

William and Kate posted a heartfelt message on Instagram, sharing their sadness: “The Queen passed away peacefully this afternoon at Balmoral. The King and the Queen Consort will spend this evening and tomorrow at Balmoral before departing for London.”

 

The Queen has died at the age of 96
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The Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and Cambridge are now how Prince William and Kate are addressed on Twitter by the Kensington Royal account @KensingtonRoyal.

The declaration was made not long after the queen’s passing was announced on the palace’s official website. At the age of 96, Her Majesty passed away in Scotland’s Balmoral.

 

The late monarch seen at the Platinum Jubilee

 

Elizabeth II, who is now 96, held the title of longest-reigning monarch in the country for more than 70 years. As soon as his mother passed away, the Prince of Wales immediately assumed the role of King.

The royal family has been paying tribute to their matriarch, who served as the Firm’s head of state for 70 years and was Britain’s longest-reigning monarch.

 

The Queen pictured earlier this week

 

When her father King George VI died, the then-Princess Elizabeth took the throne at the age of just 25.

Ten days of official national mourning begin on the day of the Queen’s passing, and 30 days of court mourning will be observed by the royal households.

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