What Buckingham Palace did immediately after the Queen’s death

Buckingham Palace has taken a monumental step following the death of Queen Elizabeth II. “The Queen died peacefully in Balmoral this afternoon,” read a statement provided to The Guardian. “The King and Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral tonight and return to London tomorrow.” News of Queen Elizabeth’s death came just hours after it was reported that the 96-year-old monarch was under medical supervision. According to the outlet, Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall were with her during her transition. Prince Charles is now effectively king and is expected to return to London shortly.

The flag was lowered to half-mast at Buckingham Palace in honor of the Queen, reports The Daily Mail. Crowds have also gathered outside the royal gates as supporters rushed to share their grief. Britain’s newly appointed Prime Minister Liz Truss is also expected to pay tribute to Elizabeth II during a speech outside the palace. As with every royal death, Britain will now enter a 10-day period of mourning known as Operation London Bridge. The protocol, which should allow for a smooth transition of power, also stipulates that the Queen lies in state for three days.

US President Joe Biden has recognized the death of Queen Elizabeth. In a statement to ABC News, the White House offered President Biden’s condolences to the royal family.

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