Following the passing of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, King Charles III gave his first speech as the next monarch of Britain on Friday.
In honour of the Queen, King Charles III has pledged to serve his country for the rest of his life. The new monarch showed signs of emotion as he discussed the Queen’s legacy’s long-lasting impact.
“Queen Elizabeth was a life well lived; a promise with destiny kept and she is mourned most deeply in her passing. That promise of lifelong service I renew to you all today.”
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“I pay tribute to my mother’s memory and I honour her life of service”, said the King.
“Throughout her life, Her Majesty The Queen – my beloved Mother – was an inspiration and example to me and to all my family, and we owe her the most heartfelt debt any family can owe to their mother. Queen Elizabeth was a life well lived; a promise with destiny kept and she is mourned most deeply in her passing. That promise of lifelong service I renew to you all today.’ As the end of the historic speech neared, the new King became visibly emotional. His final comments were directed not to the nation, but to his late mother”, he said.
He added, “As you begin your last, great journey to join my dear late papa, I want simply to say this: Thank you. Thank you for your love and devotion to our family and to the family of nations you have served so diligently all these years. May flights of Angels sing thee to thy rest”.
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The congregation in St. Paul’s then erupted into song as the pre-recorded sermon came to a finish, singing All My Hope on God is Founded. Charles also addressed Prince Harry and Meghan during his speech in his first speech as King, wishing them luck as they “create their lives overseas.”
The Blue Drawing Room of Buckingham Palace, where the Queen occasionally recorded her Christmas broadcasts, was where the new King sat at an ancient polished desk. A framed image of the King’s late mother, the Queen, smiling heartily and sporting a vibrant blue coat and matching hat embellished with a red flower, was to the left of the monarch. In honour of Elizabeth II, a small silver vase with a posy of beautiful white sweet peas with rosemary sprigs, the herb being a traditional emblem of remembering. At the base of the vase were numerous tiny silver corgis with a whimsical appearance.
Charles’ first responsibility is to guide the nation through the shock of his mother’s passing after spending a lifetime preparing for life on the throne.