King Charles III gives first public address, vows to continue queen’s ‘lifelong service’

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King Charles III gives first public address, vows to continue queen’s ‘lifelong service’

King Charles III delivered his first public address as the new British monarch, just a day after ascending to the throne following the death of his mother Queen Elizabeth II.The King has given numerous public speeches during his time as the heir apparent, but the address on Friday was perhaps the most important of his life so far — and he began with a tribute to his mother.Wearing a black suit and a black tie, Charles said Queen Elizabeth II “made sacrifices for duty, dedication and devotion.””In her life of service, we saw that abiding love of tradition together with that fearless embrace of progress which makes us great as nations,” the king said. “That promise of lifelong service I renew to all today.”Sitting behind a desk, with a picture of his mother displayed prominently to his left, he promised he would continue in her footsteps and serve his people.”And whatever may be your background or beliefs, I shall endeavor to serve you with loyalty, respect and love. As I have throughout my life,” he said.Charles also took time to speak about his family, saying: “I count on the loving help of my darling wife, Camilla,” before speaking of his sons William, to whom he referred as the Prince of Wales, and Harry, as well as their wives Catherine and Meghan.He ended on a personal note, with another message to the late queen. “To my darling mama, as you begin your last great journey, 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.”This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

King Charles III delivered his first public address as the new British monarch, just a day after ascending to the throne following the death of his mother Queen Elizabeth II.

The King has given numerous public speeches during his time as the heir apparent, but the address on Friday was perhaps the most important of his life so far — and he began with a tribute to his mother.

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Wearing a black suit and a black tie, Charles said Queen Elizabeth II “made sacrifices for duty, dedication and devotion.”

“In her life of service, we saw that abiding love of tradition together with that fearless embrace of progress which makes us great as nations,” the king said. “That promise of lifelong service I renew to all today.”

Sitting behind a desk, with a picture of his mother displayed prominently to his left, he promised he would continue in her footsteps and serve his people.

“And whatever may be your background or beliefs, I shall endeavor to serve you with loyalty, respect and love. As I have throughout my life,” he said.

King Charles III delivers his address to the nation and the Commonwealth from Buckingham Palace, London, Friday, Sept. 9, 2022, following the death of Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday.

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King Charles III delivers his address to the nation and the Commonwealth from Buckingham Palace, London, Friday, Sept. 9, 2022, following the death of Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday.

Charles also took time to speak about his family, saying: “I count on the loving help of my darling wife, Camilla,” before speaking of his sons William, to whom he referred as the Prince of Wales, and Harry, as well as their wives Catherine and Meghan.
He ended on a personal note, with another message to the late queen. “To my darling mama, as you begin your last great journey, 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.”

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.


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