King Charles III has delivered his first address to the nation since the Queen’s 70-year reign ended on Thursday.
His Majesty paid tribute to his “beloved mother” as he made a “solemn pledge” to serve the country with “loyalty, respect and love”.
Here we take a look at five important takeaways from the historic address.
“My Life Will Change”
King Charles developed a reputation for being outspoken when he was the Prince of Wales.
He is known for championing causes such as fighting climate change and advocating for medicines and alternative therapies.
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As the Prince of Wales, he was sometimes accused of meddling in political and social issues that might not concern him, believing he should be able to speak freely on matters he believed were important to the country.
But in his address to the nation, he hinted that he will change his behavior now that he is head of state.
“My life will of course change as I take up my new responsibilities,” he said.
“It will no longer be possible for me to give so much of my time and energy to the charities and causes that I care so deeply about. But I know that this important work will continue in the trusted hands of others.”
King Charles’ change of approach would be in line with comments he made in 2018 in which he acknowledged being heir to the throne and being monarch were two very different roles.
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Harry and Meghan
King Charles also sent his love to his son Prince Harry and wife Meghan.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been living in California since retiring as senior royalty in 2020.
The queen must have been disappointed after Harry and Meghan failed to consult her about their decision.
King Charles said in his speech: “I also want to express my love for Harry and Meghan as they continue to build their lives abroad.”
William and Kate
In one of the key moments of the speech, King Charles said he was “proud” of the hand his son William his former title Prince of Wales.
The monarch added that he had been “so very privileged to bear so much of my life and duty”.
Meanwhile, William’s wife Catherine has become the first since Diana to use the title of Princess of Wales.
The King said: “With Catherine at her side, I know our new Prince and Princess of Wales will continue to inspire and lead our national conversations, helping to bring the fringe to the center where vital help can be provided.”
The couple’s children are now Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis of Wales.
King Charles also said that William “now assumes the Scottish titles which have meant so much to me”.
“He succeeds me as Duke of Cornwall and takes on the responsibility for the Duchy of Cornwall that I have undertaken for more than five decades,” he added.
Tribute to the Queen
The king paid tribute to his “beloved mother” as an “inspiration and example to me and my whole family”.
“Queen Elizabeth’s life was a life well lived; a promise of destiny kept, and she is deeply saddened by her passing,” he said.
The King continued: “In 1947, on her 21st birthday, she pledged in a dispatch from Cape Town to the Commonwealth to devote her life, whether short or long, to the service of her people.
“It was more than a promise: it was a deeply personal commitment that defined her entire life. She sacrificed herself for duty.”
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King Charles also said his mother’s “dedication and devotion which the Sovereign never wavered” and “the devotion, admiration and respect she inspired were the hallmarks of her reign”.
He added: “Every member of my family can testify, she combined these qualities with warmth, humor and an unerring ability to always see the best in people.”
How he plans to lead
King Charles said his faith is “deeply rooted” in the Church of England and he was “raised to cherish a sense of duty to others”.
“As the Queen herself did with such unwavering devotion, I now solemnly pledge myself, for all the remaining time God gives me, to uphold the constitutional principles at the heart of our nation,” he said.
“And wherever you live in Great Britain, or in the realms and territories around the world, and whatever your background or beliefs, I shall endeavor to serve you with loyalty, respect and love, as I have done throughout my life.”