As the world mourns in memory of Queen Elizabeth, Charles III delivered his first address to the nation: just under ten minutes, the new king honored the memory of his mother, declaring his will to give a worthy continuation of his surgery.
“My beloved mother was an example to all – said Charles III – we owe it to her, she was a mentor. In addition to the pain I am grateful: I have served his people, and I also intend to serve the United Kingdom forever,” adding that “in the Queen’s dedication, I promise today to serve the Constitution of our nation as long as I live in the United Kingdom and wherever you live.” I will be at your service with sincerity, respect and love.”
Then King Charles announced to the nation the appointment of William, his eldest son and new heir to the throne, Prince of Wales, and his wife, Kate Middleton, Princess. “Today I am proud to give him the title that I have had the honor of carrying most of my life,” he explained, expressing hope that the couple will continue to “build their own lives abroad.”
Carlo also mentioned his “beloved wife,” saying he was sure she would live up to her role: “I count on the love of Camilla, who has been the Queen’s consort to me for 17 years.”
As expected, the monarch concluded by addressing his mother directly: “And to my dear mother, as you begin your last great journey to reach my dear deceased father, I would simply like to say this: Thank you. Thank you for your love and devotion to our family and the family of nations that you have served so hard all these years. The host of angels welcomes you.”
Tomorrow Charles will be officially proclaimed King of the United Kingdom. Today, on his return from Balmoral Castle, where the entire royal family has gathered, the new king meets the new British Prime Minister, Liz Truss. Here is the speech in full:
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