King Charles appears on the verge of tears as he thanks his ‘darling mama’

King Charles appears on the verge of tears as he thanks his ‘darling mama’

King Charles appears on the verge of tears as he thanks his ‘darling mama’

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King Charles III has promised the country a ‘lifetime service’ as he pays tribute to the queen on her ‘last, great journey’.

He spoke at a time of profound change, national mourning and, for him personally, profound loss.

The new monarch became visibly emotional as he spoke about the lasting impression of the Queen’s legacy.

“I pay tribute to the memory of my mother and I honor her life of service,” said the king.

“Throughout her life, Her Majesty the Queen – my beloved mother – has been an inspiration and example to me and all my family, and we owe her the most sincere debt a family can owe to their mother.

‘Queen Elizabeth had a life well lived; kept a promise with fate and she is most mourned in her passing.

“That pledge of lifelong service I renew to all of you today.”

As the end of the historic speech neared, the new king became visibly emotional. His final comments were not addressed to the nation, but to his late mother.

He said, “As you begin your last, wonderful journey to join my dear late daddy, I just want to say this: Thank you. Thank you for your love and devotion to our family and to the family of nations you have served so diligently over the years.

‘May ‘flights of angels sing to you at your rest”

The congregation in St Paul’s then burst into the hymn All My Hopes In God Is Established as the pre-recorded talk came to an end.

King Charles III delivers his address to the nation and the Commonwealth from Buckingham Palace, London, following the death of Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday.  Date photo: Friday September 9, 2022. PA Photo.  See PA story DEATH Queen.  Photo credit must read: Yui Mok/PA Wire

The king spoke to the country less than 24 hours after his mother’s death was announced (Picture: PA)

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 05: Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles, Prince of Wales on the balcony of Buckingham Palace during the Platinum Jubilee Pageant on June 05, 2022 in London, England.  Elizabeth II's Platinum Jubilee will be celebrated from June 2 to June 5, 2022 in the UK and the Commonwealth to mark the 70th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II's accession on February 6, 1952. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

“We owe her the most sincere debt a family can owe to their mother; for her love, affection, guidance, understanding and example,” he said. (Photo: Getty Images)

Members of the public attend a service of prayer and reflection following the death of Britain's Queen Elizabeth at St Paul's Cathedral in London, UK, Sept. 9, 2022. REUTERS/Paul Childs/Pool

Huge crowds in St Paul’s Cathedral wiped away tears as the message played (Image: Reuters)

Charles also used his first address as King Prince Harry and Meghan during his speech, wishing them the best in “building their lives abroad.”

And in reference to his eldest son, he bestowed his Scottish titles “which have meant so much to me.”

Prince William succeeds his father as Duke of Cornwall.

Charles said: ‘With Catherine at his side, I know our new Prince and Princess of Wales will continue to inspire and guide our national conversations, helping to bring the marginalized to the center where vital help can be given.’

Touching tributes to the Queen — from a vase decorated with corgis to commemorative rosemary — featured in the King’s historic address to the nation.

The new king sat at an antique polished desk in Buckingham Palace’s Blue Drawing Room, where the Queen sometimes filmed her Christmas broadcasts.

To the king’s left was a framed photograph of his late mother the Queen, smiling broadly and dressed in a bright blue coat and matching hat decorated with a red flower.

And on the right, delicate white sweet peas were set with sprigs of rosemary – the herb a traditional symbol of remembrance – in memory of Elizabeth II.

The posy was in a small silver vase – at the foot of which were several small silver playful-looking corgis.

After a life of preparation for life on the throne, Charles’ first task is to lead the country through the shock of his mother’s death.

British Prime Minister Liz Truss delivers a lecture at a service of prayer and reflection following the death of Britain's Queen Elizabeth at St Paul's Cathedral in London, UK, Sept. 9, 2022. REUTERS/Paul Childs/Pool

Prime Minister Liz Truss gives a talk at a prayer and reflection service (Image: Reuters)

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An official mourning period is underway and final details of the Queen’s funeral will be confirmed.

At 73, he is the oldest person to ever ascend the throne and was the longest-serving heir to the throne in British history until yesterday.

Clarence House confirmed that he plans to use Charles III as his royal name shortly after the Queen’s death was announced.

Camilla will be known as his queen consort, a title the late queen made clear she wanted her during the platinum jubilee celebrations.

Prince William and Kate will inherit her former title and are now known as the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and Cambridge.

King Charles and Queen Camilla are cheered by the crowd as they walk outside Buckingham Palace, following the death of Queen Elizabeth, in London, UK, Sept. 9, 2022. REUTERS/John Sibley

A sea of ​​people greeted the king and queen consort as they arrived at Buckingham Palace (Image: Reuters)

King Charles III and the Queen walk across the forecourt of Buckingham Palace, London, as he first enters the palace as the new king after traveling from Balmoral following the death of Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday.  Date photo: Friday September 9, 2022. PA Photo.  See PA story DEATH Queen.  Photo credit must read: Yui Mok/PA Wire

The king walked into Buckingham Palace, soon to be his new home, with his wife (Picture: PA)

In the 24 hours since the Queen’s death, the new king’s only word to address was a brief statement released last night.

It read: ‘The death of my beloved mother, Her Majesty the Queen, is a moment of the greatest sadness for me and all members of my family.

“We deeply mourn the passing of a beloved sovereign and a dearly beloved mother.”

He and other senior royals spent the night in Balmoral after being summoned when the Queen’s doctors became gravely concerned about her ill health.

MORE: Queen Elizabeth II’s Obituary: How a Young Princess Defined a Nation for 70 Years

Within hours of that announcement, and with Prince Harry still on the way, Buckingham Palace confirmed she had passed away.

The king and the rest of the royal family spent the night at the Aberdeenshire estate before departing separately today.

A crowd of mourners gathered at the gates of Buckingham Palace when his car arrived.

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 10: Prince Charles, Prince of Wales reads the Queen's speech in the House of Lords Chamber, during the State Opening of Parliament at the House of Lords at the Palace of Westminster on May 10, 2022 in London, England.  The State Opening of Parliament formally marks the start of the new session of Parliament.  It includes the Queen's speech, which has been prepared for her to read from the throne, by her government outlining her plans for new laws to be put forward in the coming parliamentary year.  This year's speech will be read by the Prince of Wales as HM The Queen will miss the event due to ongoing mobility issues.  (Photo by Arthur Edwards - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Charles replaced his mother at the state opening of parliament earlier this year during her illness (Picture: Getty)

(FILES) In this file photo, taken on June 2, 2022, Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (R) stands with Britain's Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, to watch a special flypast from the balcony of Buckingham Palace after the Queen's Birthday Parade, the Trooping the Colour, as part of Queen Elizabeth II's platinum anniversary celebrations in London.  Queen Elizabeth II, the longest-serving monarch in British history and an icon instantly recognizable to billions of people around the world, has died aged 96, Buckingham Palace said on Sept. 8, 2022. Her eldest son, Charles, 73, succeeds as king immediately, according to centuries of protocol, the beginning of a new, less certain chapter for the royal family after the record-breaking 70-year reign of the queen.  (Photo by Daniel LEAL/AFP) (Photo by DANIEL LEAL/AFP via Getty Images)

Charles has spent a lifetime preparing for the role but must adapt to it at a time of personal grief (Image: AFP)

The king spent a few minutes shaking hands with benefactors as the crowd erupted in crisis with “God save the King” and renditions of the national anthem.

He and Camilla then looked at some of the thousands of floral tributes left in his mother’s honor.

His first official assignment after returning to London was to meet Prime Minister Liz Truss for their first audience.

A detailed royal protocol launched after the Queen’s death has left Charles little time for personal mourning.

Friday also began a 10-day period of national mourning ahead of Elizabeth’s funeral, which will see her in state in Edinburgh and Westminster.

The first day of the ceremony involved two simultaneous 96-gun salutes in London’s Hyde Park and Tower Bridge – one shot for each year of her life – fired at 1 p.m.

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