King Charles III promises to serve the British people “all his life”.
8:20 p.m., 9/9/2022
King Charles III pledged on Friday to serve the Brits throughout his life, and echoed the promise made by his late mother, Elizabeth II, on her 21st birthday. “I renew before you this commitment to lifelong service,” Charles said in his first televised address as sovereign, calling Elizabeth II an “inspiration and example” for him and his family.
“The role and duties of the monarchy remain. (…) I solemnly pledge today to apply constitutional principles at the heart of our nation for the time allotted to me. Wherever you live in the UK or the surrounding world, whatever your background or beliefs, I will serve you with loyalty, respect and love, as I have done all my life.”
“My life will change”
Charles spoke of this new page of his life now being written as he ascends the British throne. “Of course my life will change now that I am taking on new responsibilities. I will no longer be able to devote as much time and energy to the charities I devote so much to Hands of Trust to others.”
“It’s also a time of change for my family,” he added, mentioning his wife Camilla, who became the queen consort – a king’s wife.
A thought for his children, William and Harry
The one who bore the title of Prince of Wales recorded his speech while seated behind a desk on which stood a photograph of Elizabeth II. Mentioning his engagement as the new king, he didn’t forget to think of his children, of Prince William, who will be heir to his royal title of Duke of Cornwall, but also of Prince Harry. Charles expressed his “love” for his son and wife Meghan Markle, who reside in the United States as of 2020. In California, they raise their children Archie and Lilibet – whose first name is a tribute to the Queen.
Charles ended his address with a tender message to Queen Elizabeth II: “And to my dear mother, who is on your final journey to visit my dear late father, I just want to say this: thank you. Thank you for your love and devotion to our family and the families of the nations you have diligently served over the years.”
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