Prince of Wales invited Harry and Meghan to join him and the Princess of Wales.
Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II “died peacefully” on Thursday, according to a statement from Buckingham Palace. She was 96.
The news of her death came just hours after the palace announced that the queen’s doctors were “concerned” about her health and were keeping her under “medical supervision” at Balmoral Castle, the British royal family’s estate in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, where she has been vacationing this summer.
Members of the royal family, including the queen’s four children, quickly gathered by her side at Balmoral, according to their respective spokespersons. She died that afternoon.
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Elizabeth was Britain’s longest-reigning monarch. She ascended to the throne in 1952 and, in June, celebrated her Platinum Jubilee, marking 70 years as queen. Her eldest son, Charles, Prince of Wales, will take his mother’s place on the British throne as king. Charles’ wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, will become known as queen consort.
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Buckingham Palace announces details of queen’s funeral
The queen’s state funeral will take place at Westminster Abbey on Sept. 19. Ahead of the funeral, the queen will lie in state in Westminster Hall for four days, to allow the public to pay their respects, Buckingham Palace said in a statement.
The queen’s coffin is currently in the ballroom at Balmoral Castle and it will be taken to the the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh on Sunday. It will stay in the Throne Room until Monday.
There will be a procession on Monday at the Palace of Holyroodhouse to convey the coffin to St Giles’ Cathedral in Edinburgh. The king and members of the royal family will take part in the procession and attend a service in St Giles’ Cathedral to receive the coffin.
The coffin will then be taken to Buckingham Palace on Tuesday. On Wednesday, the coffin will be taken from Buckingham Palace to the Palace of Westminster, where the queen will lie in state in Westminster Hall until the morning of the state funeral.
After the funeral, the coffin will travel in procession from Westminster Abbey to Wellington Arch, before being taken to Windsor Castle. A committal service will then take place in St. George’s Chapel.
Prince William and Prince Harry, and their wives, Princess Kate and Meghan Markle, viewed flowers together outside Windsor Castle Saturday.
This is the first time the four have been seen together in public since Harry and Meghan stepped down as senior members of the royal family and moved to the United States.
A representative for William, the Prince of Wales told ABC News the prince invited the Duke and Duchess to join him and the Princess of Wales.
William, Prince of Wales said he is grateful for the queen’s presence in his life, in his first statement since the death of the queen. William said that he recognized the world lost an “extraordinary leader.”
“I, however, have lost a grandmother. And while I will grieve her loss, I also feel incredibly grateful. I have had the benefit of The Queen’s wisdom and reassurance into my fifth decade. My wife has had twenty years of her guidance and support. My three children have got to spend holidays with her and create memories that will last their whole lives,” William said.
“She was by my side at my happiest moments. And she was by my side during the saddest days of my life. I knew this day would come, but it will be some time before the reality of life without Grannie will truly feel real,” William said.
“I thank her for the kindness she showed my family and me. And I thank her on behalf of my generation for providing an example of service and dignity in public life that was from a different age, but always relevant to us all,” William said.