King Charles III paid tribute to his mother Queen Elizabeth the second in his first speech to the nation after her death yesterday, he described her as “an inspiration”.
The Queen died in Balmoral on the afternoon of September 8, aged 96.
Her death ended a 70-year reign, the longest in Britain’s history, having acceded to the throne following the death of her father, King George VI, on 6 February 1952.
Mourners pay tribute to Queen Elizabeth II
Charles and Camilla stayed in Balmoral overnight before returning to London today.
What did King Charles say in his address to the nation?
King Charles said: “I speak to you with feelings of deep sadness.
“All your life Her Majesty the Queen – my beloved mother – was an inspiration and role model to me and all my family and we owe her the sincerest debt that any family can owe their mother.
“queen elizabeth was a life well lived; a promise kept with fate and she is deeply mourned at her death. I renew that promise of lifelong service to all of you today.”
The king added how the “affection, admiration and respect” the queen inspired “became the hallmark of her reign,” adding: “And as any member of my family can attest, she combined those qualities with warmth, humor and an incorruptible ability to always see the best in people.”
Charles said when The Queen ascended the throne: “Britain and the world were still through the hardships and aftermath of the Second World War and still lived by the conventions of earlier times. Over the past seventy years we have seen our society become one of many cultures and many faiths.
“As the Queen even with such unshakable devotion, I too have now solemnly vowed to uphold constitutional principles in the heart of our nation during the remaining time God grants me.”
The King said he was creating his son and heir, William, Prince of Wales, adding: “With Catherine by his side, I know our new Prince and Princess of Wales will continue to inspire and lead our national conversations and.” help bring the marginal into the center where vital assistance can be provided.”
He also wanted to “express his love for Harry and Meghan as they continue to build their lives abroad.”
The King ended his address by saying: “To my beloved Mama, as you embark on your final great journey to meet my dear late Papa, I just want 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 over the years. May swarms of angels sing you to your rest.”
When will Charles officially become king?
Charles automatically became king upon the death of his mother, but an accession council is usually convened at St James’s Palace in London within 24 hours of the death of a sovereign.
It will be later after the Queen’s death, as the announcement of her death didn’t come until early Thursday evening, meaning there wasn’t enough time to get plans going for Friday morning.
Therefore, on Saturday, September 10, Charles will be officially proclaimed King at the Accession Council.
https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/21254571.king-charles-iii-makes-promise-nation-death-queen-elizabeth-ii/?ref=rss King Charles III makes a promise to the nation after the death of Queen Elizabeth II