By The Associated Press
The death of Queen Elizabeth IIwhose dominance saw Britain through decades of change, was seen and felt around the world.
From flowers covering the gates of Buckingham Palace in London, to images of Elizabeth dominating Times Square in New York, to the statue of Christ the Redeemer in the colors of the British flag in Rio de Janeiro, the world wept.
In Sydney, a man stopped on his knees in front of flowers outside Government House. In Washington on Capitol Hill, an American flag flies at half mast above the US Capitol, and in Kenya, images of the monarch flooded the front pages of newspapers on Friday morning.
Elizabeth had been on the throne since 1952, when the nation was still rebuilding itself after the destruction of World War II. She has become a global icon of calm and courage through years of political upheaval and social change, both at home and abroad.
His 73-year-old son Prince Charles automatically became king and will be known as King Charles III, it is announced. British monarchs can choose any of their first names when ascending the throne. Charles’ second wife, Camilla, will be known as the Queen Consort.
The UK is in a period of national mourning until the day after the Queen’s funeral.