Britain’s new monarch, King Charles the third has promised to carry on his late mother’s legacy of “lifelong service” to the nation as he is set to be proclaimed the new ceremonial Head of State of the United Kingdom, following the death of Queen Elizabeth the second.
In his first address to the nation as a monarch, King Charles said he feels “profound sorrow” over the death of his mother.
The 73-year-old King Charles, who is the longest serving heir apparent and oldest person to ever assume the British throne said:
“As the queen herself did with such unswerving devotion, I, too, now solemnly pledge myself, through the remaining time God grant me, to uphold the constitutional principles at the heart of our nation.
“Wherever you may live in the United Kingdom or in the realms and territories across the world and whatever may be your background and beliefs I shall endeavor to serve you with loyalty, respect, and love, as I have through my life.”
What major announcement did he make?
King Charles announced Duchess of Cornwall, Princess Camilla, as his queen consort, saying he would count on her loving help as his wife.
He also announced the elevation of his eldest son, prince Williams as the prince of Wales, making him the heir apparent to the throne. He said:
“With Catherine beside him, our new prince of Wales will, I know, continue to inspire and lead our national conversations, helping to bring the marginal to the center ground where vital help can be given.”
The new king also expressed his love for his other son, Prince Harry, and Meghan his wife, showing a significant gesture towards the couple whose relationship with the rest of the family has been strained.
Plans underway for the queen’s funeral
Although the date for the queen’s state funeral is yet to be confirmed, it is expected on September 19, according to King Charles who said “in a little over a week’s time we will come together as a nation, as a commonwealth and as indeed a global community to lay my beloved mother to rest.”