King Charles III addressed the nation at 6pm local time on Friday, marking the start of his new chapter in a country mourning the death of Queen Elizabeth II. Charles, 73, became king on Thursday shortly after his mother’s death at a Scottish Highland retreat.
Britain’s King Charles pledged a lifetime of service to the United Kingdom and the rest of his dominions in his address to the nation a day after the death of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II.
He said, “As Rani herself has done this work with unwavering devotion. I also now solemnly pledge to myself that throughout the remaining time that God has allotted to me, I will uphold constitutional principles at the heart of our country.
“I want to renew the same pledge that my mother made at the beginning of her reign – the same pledge,” he said, amid a sense of deep grief from the entire royal family.
Addressing the public, he added, “I will endeavor to serve you with loyalty, respect and love, wherever you live in the UK or in different regions and regions of the world, and whatever your background and beliefs.
“My life will certainly change and so will yours as I take up my new responsibilities,” he hoped.
He will decide on the length of the royal family’s mourning period, which is expected to last a month. However, the UK government will observe 10 days of national mourning.
The Queen will be honored with a round of song salutes for each year of her life from the Tower of London, an ancient royal fortress on the River Thames, across Hyde Park in central London.
Church bells will ring and Union flags will be flown at half-mast at Westminster Abbey, St Paul’s Cathedral and Windsor Castle, among others.
Truss and other senior ministers are set to attend a mass memorial service in St Paul’s and the UK Parliament will begin a two-day special session to pay tribute to the Queen.
In 1952, Elizabeth II became Queen of the British Empire. He died at a time when Britain was trying to pass emergency legislation to deal with the economic crisis caused by the war.