World leaders offer condolences

Queen Elizabeth's son, Prince Charles, who had long been heir to the British throne, has become king. He released a statement on Thursday over the death of his "much-loved mother."

He said it is a moment of the "greatest sadness" for his family but that they will be comforted knowing of the "respect and deep affection by which the Queen was widely held."

Prime Minister Liz Truss hailed the Queen as "the very spirit of Great Britain," adding that she was the rock on which modern Britain was built and that the country has grown and flourished under her reign.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said her steady grace and resolve brought comfort and strength to everyone "in a complicated world." The leader of the largest country in the Commonwealth said the Queen's service to Canadians will remain an important part of their history.

US President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden sent their condolences. They recalled how, when they met the Queen June last year, she charmed them with her wit, moved them with her kindness, and generously shared her wisdom.

Members of the public will have a chance to pay their respects in London. Officials are finalizing plans for a state funeral, within two weeks, at Westminster Abbey.