By the editor
Lhe new King of the United Kingdom, Charles III, gave his first address to the nation on Friday, as sovereign since the death of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II.
Charles III opened his speech with a tribute to his mother, Queen Elizabeth II. The King then recalled the exemplary nature of the latter before committing to assume his responsibility as sovereign, to defend and respect “the constitutional principles” as well as the institutions, in particular the Anglican Church. “I will try to serve you with loyalty, respect and love, as I have done all my life,” Charles III also declared with regard to his nation but also to the Commonwealth.
In the continuation of his speech, the king underlined the “time of change” that the loss of Elizabeth II represented for all his family. He insisted on the dedication of his wife, the now Queen Consort Camilla and his son William, as Prince of Wales, a role he himself held until Thursday. He then expressed “his love” for his son Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, whose break with the monarchy to settle in California has shaken the royal family. “I also want to express my love for Harry and Meghan as they continue to build their lives overseas,” the Sovereign said.
Charles III finally called for “drawing strength from the light and the example of Elizabeth II” before concluding his speech by thanking, on behalf of his whole family, all the attentions that have come to them since the announcement of the Queen’s death.