King Charles III First Speech: Transcript and Video

I speak to you today with feelings of deep sadness. Throughout her life, Her Majesty The Queen – my dear mother – was an inspiration and example to me and my entire family, and we owe her the most heartfelt debt that any family can do for their mother; For his love, affection, guidance, understanding and example. Queen Elizabeth had a life well spent; A promise has been made with destiny and his passing is deeply mourned. I renew that promise of lifelong service to all of you today.

As well as the personal grief my whole family is feeling, we also share with many of you in the United Kingdom, in all countries where the Queen was Head of State, in the Commonwealth and around the world, the gratitude for Deep feeling For more than seventy years my mother, as queen, served the people of so many nations. In 1947, on his twenty-first birthday, he pledged in a broadcast to the Commonwealth from Cape Town to dedicate his life, whether short or long, to the service of his people. It was more than a promise: it was a deeply personal commitment that defined his entire life. He made sacrifices for duty. In times of change and progress, in times of joy and celebration, and in times of sorrow and loss, his dedication and devotion as sovereign never wavered. In his life of service, we saw that abiding love of tradition, along with that fearless embrace of progress, that makes us great as a nation. The affection, admiration and respect he showered became the hallmark of his reign. And, as every member of my family can testify, he combined these qualities with warmth, humor and an unmistakable ability to always see the best in people. I pay tribute to my mother’s memory and I honor her life of service. I know his death has brought great sorrow to many of you and I share with all of you the sense of loss that is beyond measure.

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When the Queen came to the throne, Britain and the world were still dealing with the hardships of World War II and its aftermath, and were still living by the conventions of earlier times. During the last seventy years we have seen that our society has become one of many cultures and many religions. The institutions of the state have changed one by one. But, through all the changes and challenges, our nation and the extended family of the Realm – whose talents, traditions and achievements I am so proud of – have prospered and flourished. Our values ​​remain, and must remain, constant.

The role and duties of the monarchy also remain, as do the sovereign’s special relationship with and responsibility towards the Church of England – the church in which my own faith is so deeply rooted. In that belief and values ​​to inspire, I have been brought up to cherish a sense of duty to others and to have the greatest respect for the precious traditions, freedoms and responsibilities of our unique history and our system of parliamentary government. As the Queen herself did with such unswerving devotion, I now solemnly pledge myself to uphold the constitutional principles of my country during the remainder of my time. And wherever you live in the United Kingdom, or in regions and territories around the world, and whatever your background or beliefs, I will endeavor to serve you with loyalty, respect and love, as I have throughout my life Have done

My life will definitely change as soon as I take up my new responsibilities. It will no longer be possible for me to devote so much of my time and energy to the charities and causes that I care about so deeply. But I know that this important work will continue in the hands of others.

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It is a time of change for my family as well. I count on the loving help of my dear wife, Camilla. In recognition of her own loyal public service since our marriage seventeen years ago, she became my queen consort. I know she will bring to the demands of her new role the steadfast dedication to duty that I have come to rely on so much. As my heir, William now bears a Scottish title that means a lot to me. He succeeds me as Duke of Cornwall and takes on the responsibilities for the Duchy of Cornwall which I have held for more than five decades. Today, I am proud to make him Prince of Wales, Tywysog Cymru, the title I have been privileged to hold for so many years of life and duty to the country. With Catherine beside them, our new Prince and Princess of Wales will, I know, continue to inspire and lead our national conversation, helping to bring the frontier to center stage where vital help can be given. I also want to express my love for Harry and Meghan as they continue to build their lives overseas.

In a little over a week, we will come together as a nation, as a commonwealth and indeed as a global community, to lay my beloved mother to death. In our sorrow, let us remember the light of his example and find strength. On behalf of my entire family, I can only offer the most sincere and heartfelt thanks for your condolences and support. They mean more to me than I can express. And to my dear Mom, as you begin your last great journey to join my dearly departed Dad, I just want to say: Thank you. Thank you for your love and devotion to our family and the family of nations you have served so diligently all these years. May “flights of angels sing you to your rest.”

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