The new monarch was visibly moved as he talked about his “personal anguish” and referred to his “darling mama.” He addressed the nation during a period of great change, national sadness, and, for him personally, profound loss.
“I speak to you today with feelings of profound sorrow. Throughout her life, Her Majesty the Queen, my beloved my mother, was an inspiration and example to me and my family,” he began the speech. “And we owe her the most heartfelt debt any family could owe to their mother for her love, affection, guidance, understanding, and example.”
Together with Camilla, who is now Queen Consort, the new King travelled from Balmoral to London early on Friday morning. As soon as he arrived, he greeted the people who had gathered outside Buckingham Palace, and the couple was welcomed with shouts and screams of “God Save the King.”
King Charles III: “Queen Elizabeth was a life well lived, a promise that destiny kept. And she is mourned most deeply in her passing. That promise of lifelong service I renew to you all today.”
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. The start of a formal period of mourning coincides with the announcement of the Queen’s funeral’s final arrangements.
He was the longest-serving heir apparent in British history. Until yesterday and is the oldest person to ever ascend to the throne at 73. Shortly after the Queen’s death was revealed, Clarence House declared that he would use the regal name Charles III.
Prior to a state burial performed at Westminster Abbey, Britain has formally declared a 10-day period of national mourning. Thousands of mourners will gather at Westminster Hall. To pay their respects as the Queen’s casket is due to lie in state there for three days before the ceremony.
Although King Charles III officially succeeded to the throne when his mother passed away. He won’t be formally installed as the next ruler until Saturday after a meeting of The Accession Council. A committee of senior civil workers and government representatives.