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LHe gave his first address to the nation on Friday as the United Kingdom’s new king, Charles III, became sovereign after the death of his mother, Elizabeth II.
Charles III began his speech by paying tribute to his mother, Queen Elizabeth II. The King recalled the latter’s exemplary character before accepting his responsibility as sovereign to protect and respect “constitutional principles” and institutions, particularly those of the Anglican Church. “I will endeavor to serve you with loyalty, honor and love, as I have done all my life,” declared Charles III of his nation and Commonwealth.
In the continuation of his speech, the King underlined the “time of change” that the loss of Elizabeth II would represent for all of his family. He insisted on consecrating his wife, the current queen consort Camilla, and his son William as Prince of Wales. He later expressed “his love” for his son Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, who broke the monarchy to settle in California and rocked the royal family. “I want to express my love for Harry and Meghan as they continue to build their lives abroad,” the sovereign said.
On behalf of his entire family, Charles III thanked the Queen for all the attention they received after the announcement of her death, before concluding his speech to “take strength from the light and be an example to Elizabeth II.”
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