King Charles III made his first address to the nation since the end of the Queen’s 70-year reign 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 key elements from the historic address.
“My life will change”
King Charles developed a reputation for being honest when he was Prince of Wales.
He is known for championing causes such as fighting climate change and supporting medicine and alternative therapies.
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As Prince of Wales, he was sometimes accused of meddling in political and social issues that might not concern him, and he believed that he should be able to speak freely on issues he felt were important to the country.
However, 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 on my new responsibilities,” he said.
“It will no longer be possible for me to give so much of my time and energy to charities and issues I care so deeply about. But I know this important work will continue in the trusted hands of others.”
King Charles’s change of approach would be in line with comments he made in 2018, where he acknowledged that heir to the throne and 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 his wife Meghan.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been living in California since stepping down senior members of the royal family in 2020.
The queen is said to have been disappointed after Harry and Meghan failed to consult her on 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 the former title of Prince of Wales.
The monarch added that he had “so great a privilege to endure during so much of my life and duty.”
Meanwhile, William’s wife Catherine became the first person since Diana to use the title Princess of Wales.
The King said: “With Catherine at his side, our new Prince and Princess of Wales, I know, will continue to inspire and guide our national conversations, helping to bring the marginalized to the center where vital help can be given.”
The couple’s children are now Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis of Wales.
King Charles also said William “now assumes the Scottish titles that mean so much to me”.
“He succeeds me as Duke of Cornwall and takes over the responsibilities for the Duchy of Cornwall that I have held for more than five decades,” he added.
Tributes to the Queen
The King paid tribute to his “beloved mother” as “an inspiration and example to me and my whole family”.
“Queen Elizabeth was a good life, a promise destined to be kept, and she is deeply mourned when she dies,” he said.
The King continued: “In 1947, on her 21st birthday, she pledged in a broadcast from Cape Town to the Commonwealth to devote her life, whether short or long, to the service of her people.
“This was more than a promise: it was a deeply personal commitment that defined her entire life. She made sacrifices for duty.”
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King Charles also said his mother’s “devotion and devotion as Sovereign never wavered” and “the affection, admiration and respect she inspired became the hallmark of her reign”.
He added: “As anyone in my family can testify, he combined these qualities with warmth, humor and an unerring ability to always see the best in people.”
How he intends to lead
King Charles said his faith is “deeply rooted” in the Church of England and he was “brought up to love a sense of duty to others”.
“As the Queen herself has done with such unwavering devotion, I solemnly pledge myself now, for as long as God allows me, to uphold constitutional principles at the heart of our nation,” he said.
“And wherever you live in the UK, or in the spheres and regions around the world, and whatever your background or beliefs, I will try to serve you with loyalty, respect and love, as I have throughout my life. “