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The new Prime Minister Liz Truss was told the Queen had died two hours before Brits found out.
Ms Truss was informed of the Queen’s death at 4.30pm, the Prime Minister’s official spokesman said, after she was told the news by Cabinet Secretary Simon Case.
Following her statement in Downing Street, Ms Truss spoke to the King and was expected to chair a meeting of ministers at 9pm.
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The new Tory leader is fresh from meeting the Monarch on Tuesday (September 6), when the 96-year-old asked Ms Truss to form a new government.
After 5pm, a fleet of cars, including a Range Rover driven by Prince William, with Prince Andrew in the passenger seat and Prince Edward and Sophie in the back, arrived at Balmoral.
It came after parliament looked noticeably shaken, and, during the PM's energy bill announcement, Nadhim Zahawi slipped into the chamber and inserted himself between Kwasi Kwarteng and Truss to speak to the prime minister, handing her a note, and then slipped out again.
The Commons Speaker, Lindsay Hoyle, said: “I know I speak on behalf of the entire house when I say that we send our best wishes to Her Majesty the Queen and that she and the royal family are in our thoughts and prayers at this moment.”
The news was then confirmed to the nation at 6.31pm. Buckingham Palace said in a statement: "The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon. The King and The Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral this evening and will return to London tomorrow."
Ms Truss said it was "the passing of the second Elizabethan age" and concluded an address by saying "God save the King". She refers to Charles, the new King, as King Charles III, saying: "Today the Crown passes, as it has done for more than a thousand years, to our new monarch, our new head of state, His Majesty King Charles III."
Clarence House confirmed that Charles will be known as King Charles III this evening. And Kensington Palace confirms that Kate and William will be known as the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and Cambridge.
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