King Charles first public speech
A day after Queen Elizabeth’s death at her Scottish estate of Balmoral, the new monarch of Britain travelled south to London, where he and his new wife, Camilla, the queen consort, were greeted by tens of thousands of mourners outside Buckingham Palace.
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Sharing a more personal side, he spoke of her “warmth, humour, and an unerring ability always to see the best in people,” adding, “We owe her the most heartfelt debt any family can owe to their mother; for her love, affection, guidance, understanding, and example.”
Then he answered the many questions people have had about the new reign in a way that was diplomatic while still being clear. It was a reminder of how Queen Elizabeth II had kept the family together through difficult times.
He reaffirmed Camilla’s status as Queen Consort, a title bestowed upon her in recognition of her selfless dedication to the public good.
Now that he’s king, he has to delegate charity work to others.
Charles has spent decades devoting his time and energy to causes he is passionate about, including those that benefit disadvantaged youth, the environment, agriculture, and community building.
However, he did say in his address that, as king, he will be taking on additional constitutional roles and responsibilities, including the need for others to take the helm of the charitable organisations he has supported or founded. He assured us that “this vital work will continue in the capable hands of others.”
Consistency is something he guarantees.
There have been massive social, political, and cultural shifts across Britain over the past seven decades, but the new king insisted that a primary part of his mission as monarch would be to provide a form of consistency in matters both temporal and spiritual, just as he said his mother had done.
He argued that the values of the United Kingdom should be maintained despite the fact that the country’s governing institutions had evolved and new threats had arisen. In his acceptance speech as the new head of the Church of England, he reflected on how his own religious upbringing had instilled in him a sense of duty to others and admiration for Britain’s parliamentary system of government.
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He’s 73 years old and taking on new responsibilities as heir, and while he has his own unique style, his commitment to his mother’s legacy is unwavering.
“That promise of lifelong service I renew to you all today,” he said, recalling his mother’s famous speech at age 21 in which she pledged to serve until the end.
“Loyal public service” is something the new queen consort has demonstrated
He thought about the impact his mother and wife, Camilla, had already had on his life and how she would continue to be there for him now and in the future.
She has been elevated to the position of queen consort in recognition of her “loyal public service,” he said, and he seemed eager to emphasise her readiness for the “demands” of this new position. However, in the most heartfelt words of his entire speech, he thanked the woman he called his “darling Mama” for her love and devotion.