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In 1st speech, King Charles III renews “promise to serve” made by Elizabeth II

In his first speech as the new King of the United Kingdom, Charles III paid this Friday (9) an emotional tribute to his late mother, Elizabeth II, and pledged to follow her example.

The sovereign also announced the appointment of his son and heir, William, and his wife, Kate, as the new Prince and Princess of Wales.

Wearing a black suit and tie, a serene, tender-faced Charles based his speech on a tribute to Elizabeth, who died Thursday at the age of 96 and after 96 of reign – the longest in the history of the country.

“Queen Elizabeth had a life well lived, a promise with destiny fulfilled. Now she is mourned at the moment of her death. Today I renew this promise to all of lifelong service”, said the monarch.

He opened and closed the speech in the same way, remembering his mother, with a final emotional message.

“To my dear mom, as you begin your last great journey to join my dear dad, I just want to say this: Thank you. Thank you for your love and devotion to our family and to the family of nations, which you have served so diligently for all these years,” he said.

In a speech of about five minutes, recorded with In advance in Buckingham Palace’s Blue Room, Charles hinted at the profile of his reign, beginning with a commitment to constitutional principles.

“As the Queen herself did with unwavering devotion, I I also pledge now, for the rest of the time God grants me, to uphold the constitutional principles at the heart of our nation,” he said.

Accompanied on the left by a photo of Elizabeth II, the new king passed one by one the status of the members of his family, starting with his wife, Queen consort Camilla, who was slow to win the affection of the British for having been the lover of the then prince when he was married to Diana.

“I count on the loving help of my dear wife Camilla. In recognition of her loyal public service since our marriage 17 years ago, she becomes my queen consort. I know she will bring to her new role the unwavering devotion to duty on which I have come to depend so much.”

Referring to Crown Prince William, he said he was “proud ” to name him Prince of Wales, the same title he held until the Queen’s death.

“With Kate at his side, our new Prince and Princess of Wales will continue to inspire and lead our national debates”, he added.

Charles also spoke of his youngest son, Harry, with whom, according to the British press, he was in a fight.

“I express my love for Prince Harry and Meghanwhile they continue to build their lives abroad,” he declared.

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