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Queen Elizabeth II: why Charles is already king and other key constitutional questions answered

By Robert Hazell, Professor of British Politics and Government & Founder of the Constitution Unit, UCL
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The UK is mourning Queen Elizabeth II following her death at the age of 96. Her passing raises important constitutional questions regarding how the country transitions to the reign of her son, Charles. These are the key moments to look out for in the days ahead.

When will Charles become king?


Charles became king the moment the Queen died, under the old common law rule Rex nunquam moritur, which means “the king never dies”. The idea is that while the sovereign may die, government must carry on. The office must therefore pass seamlessly to the heir, even if formal ceremonies…The Conversation


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