Monaco’s sizeable British community has been ‘absolutely devastated’ by the news of the death of Queen Elizabeth.

A spokesperson told NEWS.MC that the Queen’s death had seemed so sudden, despite her advanced age, bearing in mind that the monarch had performed her last constitutional duty with the change of prime minister as recently as Tuesday.

Most members of the largest expat community after the Italians in the Principality have only known the Queen as sovereign during their lifetimes and the sense of continuity has now gone.

“No doubt we are in for big changes,” the spokesperson said.

PHOTO: King Charles III