Friday morning UK news briefing: today’s top headlines from The Telegraph

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1. Queen Elizabeth II Dies at 96: Royal Family and Nation in Mourning

Queen Elizabeth II passed away peacefully at her home Balmoral at the age of 96.

Britain’s longest-reigning monarch died on Thursday afternoon. The news was announced after her family flew in to be together at the Queen’s Scottish home. Read the full story.

2. Prince Harry ran to the Queen’s bed, but arrived too late

The Duke of Sussex rushed to Balmoral to be at his beloved grandmother’s bedside, but arrived more than an hour after Buckingham Palace announced the Queen had passed away, aged 96.

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Prince Harry flew to Scotland separately from the rest of the royal family and without his wife Meghan, despite sources close to the couple saying both were planning to make the trip to Royal Deeside earlier in the day. Read the full story.

3. Death of our Queen: What will happen in the next 10 days?

King Charles III will travel back to London from Balmoral on Friday. Prior to their arrival in the capital, there will be a gun salute at 1:00 PM.

The King will hold an audience with Liz Truss, the Prime Minister, and pre-record a televised speech for the country, which will be broadcast around 6 p.m. Read the full story.

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4. Obituary: Nine ages of the UK’s longest-serving monarch and most dutiful servant

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, by the grace of God Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Defender of the Faith, who has died at the age of 96, was the longest serving monarch of the United Kingdom.

During a period of remarkable change in her empire and the world in general, she proved herself to be one of the most effective and beloved monarchs the nation has known. Read the full story.

5. How will King Charles III’s reign differ from that of the Queen?

When asked in a 70th birthday interview whether he would continue to ‘meddle’ in politics when he became king, the Prince of Wales was unusually blunt. “I’m not that stupid,” he replied.

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He quoted Shakespeare as explaining how heirs must change when they become sovereign, saying that Henry V or Henry IV Parts I and II show newly crowned monarchs “must play the part in the manner expected”. Read the full story.

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