On Friday, as the world mourns the passing of Queen Elizabeth II, her son and heir, King Charles III delivered his first address to the nation, reflecting on his mother’s lengthy reign and emotionally looking forward to the future of the monarchy.

King Charles III with departed mother, Queen Elizabeth II

“I speak to you today with feelings of profound sorrow,” King Charles began. “Throughout her life, Her Majesty the Queen, my beloved mother, was an inspiration, an example to me and to all my family, and we owe her the most heartfelt debt any family could owe to their mother for her love, affection, guidance, understanding, and example.”

King Charles vowed that he is renewing his mother’s “promise of lifelong service” to Britain and the Commonwealth.

The King then announced that his son and heir, William, has been made the Prince of Wales, and Kate Middleton the Princess of Wales.

After acknowledging his wife, Camilla, and his son William, King Charles addressed Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle, who has previously expressed her disdain for the royal family.

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King Charles seemed to offer an olive branch to the couple, saying, “I want also to express my love for Harry and Meghan as they continue to build their lives overseas.”

King Charles concluded with a message to his departed mother:

“To my darling mama, 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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