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Prime Minister Liz Truss leads Britain in mourning the Queen

Liz Truss praised the Queen as “the rock on which modern Britain is built” as she led the country in mourning the monarch’s death at the age of 96.

The Prime Minister said the devastating event marked the end of the second Elizabethan era and her passing was a great loss to the nation and the world.

She spoke in Downing Street, where Union Jacks flew at half-mast following the end of the Queen’s 70-year reign.

She was notified of the monarch’s death around 4:30 p.m. and spoke to the king after her speech. Later in the evening she will meet the high ministers.

The news that is rocking the nation comes just days after Ms Truss traveled to Balmoral on Tuesday to be formally named Prime Minister.

She was the 15th Prime Minister of the Queen’s 70-year reign and the ‘kiss of hands’ ceremony would become the Queen’s last personal political role before she passed away this afternoon.

Mrs Truss said solemnly: ‘Queen Elizabeth II was the rock on which modern Britain is built.

‘Our country has grown and prospered under her rule. Britain is the great country it is today thanks to her.’

Mrs. Truss referred to Charles, the new king, as King Charles III, and said: ‘Today the crown, as it has been for over a thousand years, goes to our new monarch, our new head of state, His Majesty King Charles III.’

She ended by saying, “God save the king.”

The Prime Minister said the devastating event marked the end of the second Elizabethan era and her passing was a great loss to the nation and the world.

The Prime Minister said the devastating event marked the end of the second Elizabethan era and her passing was a great loss to the nation and the world.

The beloved monarch's death at the age of 96 comes just days after Mrs Truss traveled to Balmoral on Tuesday to be formally appointed Prime Minister.

The beloved monarch's death at the age of 96 comes just days after Mrs Truss traveled to Balmoral on Tuesday to be formally appointed Prime Minister.

The beloved monarch’s death at the age of 96 comes just days after Mrs Truss traveled to Balmoral on Tuesday to be formally appointed Prime Minister.

1662670964 355 Prime Minister Liz Truss leads Britain in mourning the Queen

1662670964 355 Prime Minister Liz Truss leads Britain in mourning the Queen

The Union Jacks over 10 Downing Street were at half mast tonight

The Union Jacks over 10 Downing Street were at half mast tonight

The Union Jacks over 10 Downing Street were at half mast tonight

Britain is experiencing its ‘saddest day’ – Johnson

Britain is experiencing its ‘saddest day’ after the death of ‘Elizabeth the Great’, Boris Johnson said.

The Conservative MP was among six living former prime ministers from Elizabeth’s government to pay tribute just two days after meeting the monarch in Balmoral to step down.

He insisted that the queen, 96, had been spreading “magic around her kingdom” for 70 years and that she possessed a “simple power to make us happy.”

Mr Johnson said: ‘This is the saddest day in our country. In the hearts of each of us there is pain at the passing of our Queen, a deep and personal sense of loss – perhaps much more intense than we expected.

“In these first grim moments since the news, I know that millions and millions of people have paused from everything they were doing, to think of Queen Elizabeth, of the clear and radiant light that has finally gone out.

“She seemed so timeless and so wonderful that I’m afraid we’d come to believe, like children, that she would go on and on.

Wave after wave of sorrow rolls over the world, from Balmoral – where our thoughts are with all the royal family – breaking far beyond this land and through that great Commonwealth of nations that she so cherished and that cherished her in return .

“As is so natural with people, it is only when we face the reality of our loss that we really understand what happened. It’s only now that we really understand how much she meant to us, how much she did for us, how much she loved us.

“When we think of the void she leaves, we understand the vital role she played, selflessly and calmly embodying the continuity and unity of our country.”

Johnson praised the Queen’s “deep wisdom” and her “seemingly inexhaustible yet understated sense of duty.”

He added: “This is the saddest day of our country because she had a unique and simple power to make us happy. That’s why we loved her. That is why we mourn Elizabeth the Great, the longest-serving and in many ways the greatest monarch in our history.”

Johnson said he believes the new king will “amply do justice to her legacy.”

Ms Truss praised the Queen and added: “It is an extraordinary achievement to have presided over with such dignity and grace for 70 years. Her life of service extended beyond most of our living memories.

In return, she was loved and admired by the people of the UK and around the world.

“She is a personal inspiration to me and to many Britons – her devotion to duty is an example to all of us.”

Charles, the former Prince of Wales, is now King. He will soon address the shocked nation as the world mourns Britain’s longest reigning monarch.

All her children had rushed to Balmoral after doctors became ‘concerned’ about her health. Hours later, she died surrounded by her family.

At 6:30 p.m., her death was confirmed. A Buckingham Palace spokesman said: ‘The Queen passed away peacefully this afternoon in Balmoral. The King and The Queen Consort remain in Balmoral tonight and return to London tomorrow.”

With the death of the Queen, Britain and her Commonwealth realms will enter a ten-day period of mourning as millions of her subjects in the UK and abroad come to terms with her passing.

And when her son takes the throne, there will also be a celebration of her historic 70th reign that saw her reach her platinum jubilee this year – a milestone unlikely to be reached again by a British monarch.

Labor leader Keir Starmer said: ‘We will always cherish Queen Elizabeth II’s life of service and dedication to our nation and the Commonwealth; our longest-serving and greatest monarch.

“She stood above the clashes of politics not for what the nation was fighting for, but for what it was agreed to. As Britain quickly changed around her, this dedication became the still point of our revolving world.

“So as our great Elizabethan era draws to a close, we will honor the memory of the late Queen by keeping alive the values ​​of public service she embodied.

“For seventy years, Queen Elizabeth II was the head of our country. But in spirit she was among us.’

Former Labor Prime Minister Sir Tony Blair said: ‘We have lost not only our monarch, but the matriarch of our nation, the figure who more than any other united our country, kept us in touch with our better nature, personified all that made us makes you proud to be British.’

He said the queen was in “sparkling shape” when he last saw her a few months ago.

Former Conservative Prime Minister Sir John Major said the Queen has dedicated her life to the service of our nation and its well-being.

He said: ‘In her public duties she was selfless and wise, with a wonderful generosity of spirit. That’s how she lived – and how she led.

“To millions of people – in the Commonwealth and around the world – she embodied the heart and soul of our nation and was admired and respected around the world.

The Queen's reign of 70 years included the terms of office of 15 Prime Ministers, starting with Sir Winston Churchill

The Queen's reign of 70 years included the terms of office of 15 Prime Ministers, starting with Sir Winston Churchill

The Queen’s reign of 70 years included the terms of office of 15 Prime Ministers, starting with Sir Winston Churchill

“In this moment of deep sadness, I believe we all stand hand in hand with the royal family in mourning the loss of a loved one.”

Theresa May, Conservative Prime Minister from 2016 to 2019, said: “Her Majesty devoted herself unconditionally to a life of service.

“She was respected and admired not only by her own people, but also far beyond our family of nations.”

The Conservative MP added: “On the 75th anniversary of VE Day, Her Majesty reminded us to ‘never give up, never despair’. It was a speech that reflected not only the national spirit, but also the spirit of Queen Elizabeth.

“A sense of quiet determination, of courage, of faith and of hope in the future.”

Former Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron said there are “no words that can adequately express the sense of loss our nation will feel”.

In a statement on Twitter, he said the Queen was “a rock of strength for our nation and the Commonwealth.”

He added that he was “very proud” to have served as the Queen’s twelfth Prime Minister, adding that it was a “privilege” to call on her “wise advice and counsel” .

Gordon Brown, Labor Prime Minister between 2007 and 2010, wrote on Twitter: “The UK, the Commonwealth and the whole world are in mourning together tonight. HM Queen Elizabeth II has served this country to the last. I offer my sincere condolences to the royal family. May she rest in peace.’

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