It was our first chance to hear from him. A new king, a man expected to lead the United Kingdom in tribute and a son in mourning.
The sense of loss for his “dear mom” is clearly deep.
In the most touching terms, she expressed what she meant to him, his siblings and her grandchildren.
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“We owe her the sincerest debt a family can owe to her mother; for her love, affection, guidance, understanding and example,” he said as he shared a more personal side, her “warmth, humor and her unerring ability to always see the best in people.”
It was a reminder of how queen elizabeth ii he often held the family together in the most difficult times as he continued to tactfully but clearly answer the questions many have asked before this new reign.
He confirmed that Camilla, in recognition of her dedication to public service, will be Queen Consort.
He announced it Prince William and Kate will now be known as the Prince and Princess of Walesa royal source later saying that Kate “appreciates the history associated with this role but will understandably want to look to the future as she forges her own path”.
And despite everything that has happened, the King has also publicly expressed his love for Harry and Meghan.
As he takes on this new role at age 73, he acknowledged that he has already lived a full life as an heir, he has his own style, but like his mother, his promise was clear.
“That promise of lifelong service I renew to all of you today,” he said, reflecting on the famous speech his mother gave to serve to the end when she was just 21.
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But the more pressing question of whether we’ll continue to see his campaign streak now that he’s head of state was also dealt with seamlessly.
A man who has been criticized at times for walking too close to the line of political neutrality, and even crossing it, said: “I was brought up to cherish a sense of duty to others and to hold with the utmost respect their precious traditions, liberties and responsibilities of our unique history and our system of parliamentary government.
“As the Queen herself has done with such unswerving devotion, I now solemnly pledge myself, for as long as God allows me, to uphold the constitutional principles at the heart of our nation.”
The baton is now seemingly being passed to his son William, not just as his heir, but giving us a strong sense that he and Kate will be relied upon to “continue to inspire and guide our national conversations, helping to bring the marginalized to the center stage.” where vital help can be given.”
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His last lines set the tone for the days to come.
“To my dear mother,” he said. “As you embark on your final wonderful journey to join my late dad, I just want to say this: thank you.
“Thank you for your love and devotion to our family and the family of nations that you have served so diligently over the years. May “flights of Angels sing to you in your rest,” he said.
He brought a gentleness, a deep appreciation that while now is his time to step up, it is the most important time for measured heartfelt reflection on the memory of a monarch who meant so much to so many.