Queen Elizabeth II has died at the age of 96. Her son Charles (73), who is now inheriting the throne, addressed touching words to the public in a statement that was published in an Instagram post, among other things: “The death of my beloved mother, Her Majesty the Queen, is for a moment of deepest sadness for me and all members of my family.”

It continued: “We deeply mourn the passing of a cherished monarch and a much-loved mother. I know her loss will be deeply felt across the country and in the Commonwealth and by countless people around the world.” During the time of grief and change, he and his family would be “comforted and strengthened” by the respect and deep affection people felt for the Queen.

On the official Instagram appearance of Queen’s grandson Prince William (40) and his wife Duchess Kate (40), a black and white photo of the Queen can be read with the news of her death. This was also published by the Royal Family’s social media presence about her death.

The Queen died peacefully at her Balmoral estate in Scotland. This was announced by the royal family on Thursday. The monarch was 96 years old. The King and Queen Consort remain in Balmoral tonight and will return to London tomorrow.