Prince Charles becomes king at 73 after the death of Queen Elizabeth

The 73-year-old British heir ascended to the throne following the death of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II.

“The Queen passed away peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon,” the palace announced on Thursday. “The King and Queen Consort will stay at Balmoral tonight and return to London tomorrow.”

The Queen, who lived to be 96, reigned for 70 years. Prince William, 40, and Prince George, 9, are now first and second in line to the throne.

As sovereign, Charles also assumed his mother’s titles as Defender of the Faith and Supreme Governor of the Church of England.

He is also now the head of the Commonwealth, a title which is not hereditary, but decided by the rulers of the Commonwealth.

Queen Elizabeth had previously made it clear that it was her “sincere wish” that Charles regain the title. The motion was formally endorsed by leaders in April 2018 after the late monarch endorsed it.

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