King Charles III addresses the nation in his first speech as monarch
King Charles III gave his first speech as monarch tonight, addressing the nation just a day after the death of his mother, HM Queen Elizabeth II.
Her Majesty died at her Scottish residence in Balmoral, aged 96, shortly after doctors became concerned for her health.
The former Prince of Wales returned to Buckingham Palace this afternoon, where he greeted the huge crowds that gathered in London.
He was joined outside the Royal Residence in the afternoon by his wife Camilla, Queen Consort.
Tonight a service of prayer and reflection was held at St. Paul’s Cathedral.
In it, King Charles thanked the public for their condolences, praised his late mother for her service and dedication, and pledged his own lifetime service.
He also talked about other members of the royal family, confirming that Prince William will take on the Scottish titles, as well as the Duke of Cornwall title.
The King said: “With Catherine at his side, our new Prince and Princess of Wales will, I know, continue to inspire and lead our national conversations.”
Speaking of his youngest son, he added: “I also want to express my love for Harry and Meghan as they continue to build their lives overseas.”
King Charles’ moving speech ended with: “And to my darling mum, as you begin your last great journey, to join my dear late dad, I just want to say this. Thanks.
“Thank you, for your love and devotion to our family and the family of nations you have served so diligently for all these years. May the flights of angels sing your rest.
King Charles III’s speech to the nation in full
I speak to you today with deep sorrow. Throughout her life, HM the Queen, my beloved mother, has been an inspiration and an example to me and to all my family, and we owe her the sincerest debt that a family can owe to its mother. , for his love, his affection, his advice, his understanding and example.
Queen Elizabeth’s life was well lived, a promise that fate kept, and she is deeply mourned by her passing. This promise of lifelong service that I renew to you today. In addition to the personal grief felt by my whole family, we also share with so many of you in the United Kingdom, in all the countries where the Queen has served as Head of State, in the Commonwealth and across the world, a deep sense of gratitude for the more than 70 years in which my mother as Queen has served the people of so many nations.
In 1947, on her 21st birthday, she pledged on a Cape Town broadcast to the Commonwealth to dedicate her life, whether short or long, to the service of her peoples. It was more than a promise. It was a deep personal commitment that marked his whole life. She made sacrifices for duty. Her dedication and devotion as Sovereign never wavered, through times of change and progress, through times of joy and celebration, and through times of sadness and loss.
In his life of service we have seen that abiding love of tradition, as well as that fearless embrace of progress, which makes us great as nations.
The affection, admiration and respect she inspired became the mark of her reign.
And as every member of my family can attest, she combined these qualities with warmth, humor and an unerring ability to see the best in people.
I pay homage to the memory of my mother and I honor her life of service. I know his death brings great sadness to so many of you, and I share this sense of loss beyond measure with all of you.
When the Queen came to the throne, Britain and the world were still dealing with the aftermath of World War II and still living by the conventions of old.
Over the past 70 years, we have seen our society become one of many cultures and many religions, state institutions have changed in turn, but through all the changes and challenges, our nation and family wider realms, whose talents, traditions and achievements of which I am so inexpressibly proud, have flourished and prospered. Our values have remained and must remain constant.
The role and duties of the monarchy also remain, as does the Sovereign’s special relationship and responsibility to the Church of England, the Church in which my own faith is so deeply rooted.
In this faith and the values it inspires, I was raised to cherish a sense of duty to others and to hold in the utmost respect the treasured traditions, freedoms and responsibilities of our unique history and system of government. parliamentary.
As the Queen herself has done with unwavering dedication, I too solemnly pledge myself, for as long as God grants me, to uphold the constitutional principles at the heart of our nation.
And wherever you live in the United Kingdom, or in the kingdoms and countries of the world, and whatever your origins or beliefs, I will strive to serve you with loyalty, respect and love, as I have done all throughout my life.
My life will of course change as I take on my new responsibilities. It will no longer be possible for me to devote so much of my time and energy to the charities and issues that I care about so deeply. But I know that this important work will continue in the trusted hands of others.
It is also a time of change for my family. I rely on the loving assistance of my darling wife Camilla, in recognition of her faithful public service since our marriage 17 years ago, she becomes my queen consort.
I know she will bring to the demands of her new role the unwavering dedication on which I have counted so much.
As heir, William now assumes Scottish titles which meant a lot to me. He succeeds me as Duke of Cornwall and assumes the responsibilities of the Duchy of Cornwall, which I have held for over five decades. Today I am proud to create it Prince of Wales, Tywysog Cymru, the country whose title I have been privileged to bear for so much of my life and duty.
With Catherine by her side, our new Prince and Princess of Wales will, I know, continue to inspire and lead our national conversations, helping to bring the marginalized to the center, where vital help can be given.
I also want to express my love for Harry and Meghan as they continue to build their lives overseas.
In just over a week, we will come together as a nation, as a Commonwealth, and indeed as a global community, to rest my beloved mother.
In our pain, let us remember and draw strength from the light of his example.
On behalf of my entire family, I can only offer my most sincere thanks for your condolences and support.
They mean more to me than I can ever express.
And to my dear Mum, as you begin your last great journey, to join my dear late Dad, I just want to say this. Thanks. Thank you for your love and devotion to our family and the family of nations you have served so diligently for all these years. May flights of angels sing your rest.
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