Death of Queen Elizabeth II Megathread

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Elizabeth II, queen of England, died today. We expect many people will have questions about this subject. Please direct all of those questions here: other threads will be deleted.

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I really just want to know if this event will have any actual repercussions on her “subjects”. Will things change for people at all?

Does this make Camilla queen then? Would she take power if Charles passes first? Are her kids eligible for the crown at some point now or does it follow with the kids he had with princess Di?

Can someone explain why heads of state bothered publically meeting with her if she had no real power?

How does this affect the commonwealth countries? I heard that Australia might remove itself from the commonwealth now, but I don’t understand why it really matters if whoever sits on the thrown is a figurehead and those countries are basically independent anyway.