King Charles III just spoke for the first time and here's what he said in his speech
King Charles III gave his first speech Friday afternoon following the death of Queen Elizabeth, and he paid tribute to his late mother while pledging to serve as the new monarch "with loyalty, respect and love."
The King spoke from the monarch's official residence, Balmoral Castle, and shared his grief and sorrow with the world.
"Throughout her life, Her Majesty The Queen – my beloved Mother – was an inspiration and example to me and to all my family, and we owe her the most heartfelt debt any family can owe to their mother; for her love, affection, guidance, understanding and example," he said.
The King and The Queen Consort have arrived at Buckingham Palace.— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) September 9, 2022
Upon arrival, Their Majesties received a warm reception from members of the public who were paying their respects. pic.twitter.com/1kw62rljUI
He shared a renewed promise of lifelong service and expressed gratitude to the United Kingdom, the Commonwealth and all the countries for the more than 70 years in which Queen Elizabeth served.
Touching and emotional first speech by our new King. What a moment in history. https://t.co/yiOxlDpFaJ— KYD🇨🇦 (@Man_InThe_Tweet) September 9, 2022
The King spoke of embracing progress and multiculturalism while maintaining core values. He spoke of the importance of the role and duties of the Monarchy as well as his relationship with and responsibility towards the Church of England.
He said his faith has taught him to cherish a sense of duty to others.
#KINGSSPEECH WAS A WINNER.— mike bullard (@MikeBullard1997) September 9, 2022
King Charles III also mentioned other royal family members in his speech, announcing that his wife Camilla would now be known as Queen Consort, expressing love for Harry and Meghan, and officially naming William, his heir apparent, and Catherine as the new Prince and Princess of Wales.
King Charles’s speech was brief, sincere in his love & testimony to Queen Elizabeth. It was well delivered with poignant touch emotion at the end.The mention of his ‘darling’ wife, Camilla, to whom he has been married for 17 years was necessary but still, memories of Diana hover.— penny collenette (@penottawa) September 9, 2022
"As The Queen herself did with such unswerving devotion, I too now solemnly pledge myself, throughout the remaining time god grants me, to uphold the constitutional principles at the heart of our nation," the King said.
"And wherever you may live in the United Kingdom, or in the Realms and territories across the world, and whatever may be your background or beliefs, I shall endeavour to serve you with loyalty, respect and love, as I have throughout my life."
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