Charles in first speech: ‘I will serve you faithfully for the rest of my life’ | royal family

King Charles has said in his maiden address as head of state of the United Kingdom on Friday evening that he will continue to serve all residents of the UK and Commonwealth for the rest of his life. He also emphasized the important role of his son and heir to the throne William.

By Martijn van Delft

“I will uphold the constitution of our country for the rest of my life,” said 73-year-old Charles in a pre-recorded speech that aired Friday. He thus expresses the promise that he, like his mother, wants to remain king for the rest of his life.

In his speech, the king addressed all inhabitants of the Commonwealth countries. “Wherever you live, in the UK, or elsewhere in the world, and whatever your values, I promise to continue to serve you faithfully.”

He said he was counting on the support of his wife Camilla. “Knowing that she has been faithful to me since our marriage 17 years ago, I count on her as queen consort.”

In his speech, Charles also announced that his son William will be named Prince of Wales. “With Catherine by his side, I know that our new Prince and Princess of Wales will be an inspiration. They will lead our national discussions, trying to bring the extremes back together,” he said.

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“Mom, thank you”

The king also took a short time in his speech to address his other son Harry. “I express my love for Harry and Meghan as they continue to build their lives across the sea,” he said. Harry and Meghan relinquished their royal titles in 2020. Harry was in Balmoral Castle with his family after Elizabeth died, Meghan stayed in London.

At the end, Charles turned to his deceased mother. “My dear mama, as you have embarked on your last journey to papa, I want to say thank you. Thank you for your devotion to our family and to all the nations you served so faithfully all these years. May angels flee you in your Sing to rest,” King Charles concluded his speech.

Charles has been King of the UK since Thursday evening, when his mother Queen Elizabeth passed away. Charles, along with his brothers, sister and sons, was with Elizabeth at Balmoral Castle when she died. Today he left the Scottish castle to travel to Buckingham Palace.

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