“I speak to you with a feeling of deep sadness. King Charles III first addressed the British nation and the Commonwealth as ruler this Friday from the Blue Drawing Room at Buckingham Palace in London.
Moved, the new monarch began paying homage to his “beloved mother”, Queen Elizabeth, who died Thursday at the age of 96. “She was an inspiration, an example for me and for my whole family”, said the sovereign, remembering her “sacrifices”. “She was a life of service, we saw that she loved traditions,” he added.
In a short but moving speech, Charles III, who will be officially proclaimed king on Saturday, also promised to “serve the English for life”. “As the queen had done with unwavering devotion, I too solemnly pledge now, for as long as God grants me, to uphold the constitutional principles that are at the heart of our nation,” he assured him. And the king added: “I will try to serve you with loyalty, respect and love”, reiterating the commitment made by her late mother Elizabeth II on her 21st birthday.
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A foreground portrait of his mother next to him, Charles III, officially announced that his eldest son, William, would become Prince of Wales. He also had a little word for his he youngest son, Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle, despite their very degraded relationship, according to the British press. “I also want to express my love to Harry and Meghan who continue to build their lives overseas,” the 73-year-old ruler said soberly.
Harry arrived alone on a scheduled flight on Thursday to Balmoral where he arrived well after the announcement of the king’s death, while working members of the royal family, including his brother William, were flown by the Royal Air Force.
Camilla “will be able to meet the requirements”
The new king stressed the “loyal public service” of his wife Camilla, now queen consort, but who long suffered from her reputation as a couple-splitter when Charles married Diana. “I know that she will be able to meet the demands of her new role with the unwavering dedication I rely on so much,” she assured.
“And to my dear mother, as you embark on your last great journey to join my dear deceased father, I simply want to say this: thank you”, concluded Charles III.
The new ruler will be officially proclaimed king at the Accession Council to be held Saturday at 10am local time at the State Apartments in St James’s Palace. It will be read at 11 (noon in metropolitan France) from the balcony overlooking the courtyard of the convent of St James’s Palace. A second proclamation will be read in the City of London, at the Royal Exchange, at noon (1pm in France).