This was King Charles III’s first speech: “Darling mama, you are embarking on your last journey to papa.”

This was King Charles III’s first speech: “Darling mama, you are embarking on your last journey to papa.”
This was King Charles III’s first speech: “Darling mama, you are embarking on your last journey to papa.”

“I speak to you today with deep sadness,” the new king began his address to the nation. “All her life, our queen, my beloved mother, was an inspiration and an example. An example for me, but also for the whole family.”

“The Queen has made sacrifices to fulfill her duty. Her devotion as a sovereign never wavered, not through times of change and progress, not through times of joy and celebration, not through times of sorrow and loss.”

Charles also promised to serve his country until his death, as his mother had promised on her 21st birthday in 1947. He cherishes the traditions that the role as monarch entails and promises to uphold the constitutional principles of the nation. “I will serve you with loyalty, respect and love,” he said. “As the Queen herself did all along with such devotion, I now also solemnly pledge myself, during the remaining time God bestows upon me, to uphold the constitutional principles that are at the heart of our nation.”

Change for the whole family

“Obviously, if I take on my new responsibilities, my life will change,” King Charles said. It will no longer be possible for me to devote so much of my time and energy to the charities and causes I care about so much. But I know this important work will continue in the trusted hands of others.”

The change of throne also has consequences for the family. Charles’ wife Camilla becomes Queen-Consort, queen consort. “This is also a time of change for my family. I am counting on the loving assistance of my dear wife Camilla. In recognition of her own loyal public service since our marriage 17 years ago, she will be my queen consort. I know she will meet the demands of her new role in a steadfast and conscientious manner, the way I have come to rely on her.”

Charles also had words of praise for his sons William and Harry. Prince William receives the title of Prince of Wales, his wife Kate – officially: Catherine – becomes Princess of Wales. “With Catherine at his side, our new Prince and Princess of Wales will continue to inspire and lead our conversations at a national level, helping to identify where essential help can be given.” Harry and his wife Meghan were also mentioned. He wished them success in building their lives overseas. “I express my love for Prince Harry and Meghan as they continue to build their lives abroad.”

Last trip

Finally, the new British king took the time to thank his mother. “My darling mama, my dearest mama. As you embark on your last great journey to join my dear daddy, I just want to say this: thank you. Thank you for the love and devotion to our family, and to the families of the nations you have served so diligently all these years.”

The article is in Dutch

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