King Charles III promises to serve the British all his life and appoints William, his heir, Prince of Wales

King Charles III gave his first speech as monarch on Friday, September 9. Nine minutes during which the sovereign has promised the British to serve them all his lifereflecting the commitment made by his mother, Elizabeth II, when she was 21e anniversary.

“I renew before you this commitment to lifelong service”said Charles, paying tribute to “life of service” of his mother, who died Thursday September 8 at the age of 96, to his “love of tradition”his “adherence without fear to progress”but also to its “warmth and humor”.

In a televised address from Buckingham Palace, where he had arrived in the afternoon, he called Elizabeth II, who reigned for seventy years, a“inspiration and example” for him and for his family.

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Defense of constitutional principles

King Charles III pledged to uphold the principles of the monarchy and the Anglican Church throughout his reign. “Our values ​​have remained and must remain constant”he said.

“As the Queen had done with unwavering dedication, I too solemnly pledge, now and throughout the remaining time God grants me, to uphold the constitutional principles which are at the heart of our nation”he added.

He announced that his eldest son and heir, William, will resume his title of Prince of Wales. “Today I am proud to name him Prince of Wales, Tywysog Cymru, the country whose title I have been privileged to bear for so much of my life and duty. »

‘I also want to express my love for Harry and Meghan as they continue to build their lives overseas’, continued the sovereign, whose relations are notoriously degraded with his youngest son. Harry also came alone on Thursday, on a regular flight, to Balmoral where he arrived well after the announcement of the death of the sovereign, while the active members of the royal family, including his brother William, were transported by the Royal Air Force.

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“Dear Mom (…) thank you”

The new king pointed out “loyal public service” of his wife, Camilla, now queen consort, but who suffered for a long time from her reputation as a couple breaker when Charles was married to Diana. “I know that she will be able to meet the demands of her new role with the unwavering dedication on which I count so much”he assured.

The monarch concluded his speech with surprisingly loving words, letting his feelings for his mother shine through. “And to my darling mum, as you embark on your last great journey to join my dear late dad, I just want to say this: thank you. »

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The speech was broadcast in St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, where a religious ceremony in tribute to Elizabeth II then began in the presence of the Prime Minister, Liz Truss. the british anthem “God Save the King” (May God Save the King) was sung for the first time in its male version for seventy years at an official event, at the conclusion of the religious service.

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