Death of Queen Elizabeth II: these members of the royal family have taken on new titles

As Queen Elizabeth, Britain’s longest-serving monarch, died at 96, members of the royal family were given new titles. Her son, Prince Charles, immediately succeeded his mother as King of the United Kingdom. Additionally, Prince William (Queen’s grandson) Kate Middleton (wife of William) and Camilla Parker-Bowles (wife of Prince Charles) also assumed new titles.

Prince Charles inherited the title from his late father, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, after Philip’s death in 2021. According to the royal family, Prince Charles will now be referred to as King Charles III. And, his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall will take the title of queen consort.

Prince William and Kate Middleton have also moved on to new titles, updating their Duke and Duchess of Cambridge social media handles to include the former Cornish title of King Charles and Camilla.

It is believed that Prince William may soon be styled William, the Prince of Wales, by his father, as the title has traditionally passed to the heir to the throne.

It is currently unknown if these title changes will impact the great-grandchildren – Prince George, Prince Charlotte and Prince Louis.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will retain their titles of Duke and Duchess of Sussex after stepping back from their role as senior royals in 2020. Their children, Acrchie and Lilibet, could eventually become both prize and princess.

Meanwhile, King Charles III will broadcast to the nation and a ‘spontaneous’ memorial service will be held for the Prime Minister and a small number of ministers at St Paul’s Cathedral in London.

As the Queen died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland, her body will be transported to London on the royal train dubbed Operation Unicorn or Operation Overstudy will begin as her body will be brought back to London.

The coffin is expected to be in a state where hundreds of thousands of people are expected to converge on London to visit and pay their respects, and condolence registers will be opened online. The state funeral is scheduled at Westminster Abbey in London.

The royal family are set to release official plans for the funeral, which is due 10 days after his death on Thursday. A national mourning and a minute’s silence will be announced after Prime Minister Truss meets the new king.

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