Press "Enter" to skip to content

Following Queen Elizabeth II’s death, King Charles III Addresses The Nation For The First Time

The news of the exit Queen Elizabeth II, who passed away has been making headlines and King Charles III, who had just been crowned, made his first speech to the nation.

In his solemn address, he described his mother’s historical reign as “a life well lived” and declared that he will now formally ascend to the kingdom.

During his more than ten-minute speech, King Charles III (formerly Prince Charles of Wales) spoke extensively about Queen Elizabeth’s passing and what she meant to the Royal Family and the nation.

“I speak to you today with feelings of profound sorrow. Throughout her life, Her Majesty The Queen – my beloved Mother – was an inspiration and example to me and to all my family, and we owe her the most heartfelt debt any family can owe to their mother; for her love, affection, guidance, understanding and example. Queen Elizabeth was a life well lived; a promise with destiny kept and she is mourned most deeply in her passing. That promise of lifelong service I renew to you all today.

Alongside the personal grief that all my family are feeling, we also share with so many of you in the United Kingdom, in all the countries where The Queen was Head of State, in the Commonwealth and across the world, a deep sense of gratitude for the more than seventy years in which my Mother, as Queen, served the people of so many nations.”

Prince William, the monarch’s eldest son, will now take on the role of Prince of Wales, and William’s bride Cate will now have the title of Princess of Wales, King Charles III took time to emphasize. Additionally, he expressed his affection to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, his youngest son.

In several places in his speech to the people, King Charles III acknowledged his new duty as king and the changes that will be made once he takes the throne:

“I too now solemnly pledge myself, throughout the remaining time God grants me, to uphold the Constitutional principles at the heart of our nation. And wherever you may live in the United Kingdom, or in the Realms and territories across the world, and whatever may be your background or beliefs, I shall endeavor to serve you with loyalty, respect and love, as I have throughout my life. 

My life will of course change as I take up my new responsibilities. It will no longer be possible for me to give so much of my time and energies to the charities and issues for which I care so deeply. But I know this important work will go on in the trusted hands of others. This is also a time of change for my family.”