King Charles III, in his first public address as Britain’s new monarch, said he feels “‘profound sorrow” at the death of Queen Elizabeth and vowed to continue his mother’s “lifelong service.”
In a tribute lasting around nine minutes, Charles said he shares the “great sadness of so many” and a sense of loss that is “beyond measure.”
Charles’s recorded speech was broadcast on television and streamed at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, where about 2,000 people, including U.K. Prime Minister Liz Truss and other senior ministers, attended a remembrance service as reported by Globe and Mail.
Charles, who became the monarch immediately upon his mother’s death on Thursday, will be formally proclaimed king at a special ceremony on Saturday.
After a separate vigil in Edinburgh, the Queen’s coffin will be brought to London, and she will lie in state for several days before her funeral in Westminster Abbey.
“In a little over a week’s time we will come together as a nation, as a Commonwealth and indeed a global community, to lay my beloved mother to rest,” the new king said in his address.
#KingCharlesIII says, "…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 for your love & devotion to our family & to family of nations you served so diligently all these yrs…" (ANI) #QueenElizabethII pic.twitter.com/jKnrHYgOVE
— The Times Of India (@timesofindia) September 9, 2022