First message from the new king

His Majesty King Charles III of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland has issued his first communication since the death of his mother Queen Elizabeth II and his subsequent ascension, expressing the deep sadness felt by his family but also the strength she can draw from the “respect and deep affection in which the Queen was so largely held”.

Charles III wrote, according to a statement from Buckingham Palace:

The passing of my beloved mother, Her Majesty The Queen, is a moment of the greatest sadness for me and all of my family.

We deeply mourn the passing of a dear Sovereign and a beloved Mother. I know his loss will be deeply felt throughout the country, the Kingdoms and the Commonwealth, and by countless people around the world.

During this time of grief and change, my family and I will be comforted and supported by our knowledge of the respect and deep affection in which the Queen was so widely held.

The notice, which is the first broadcast communication from the new king – who it is presumed besides being monarch of the UK will also become king of 14 other nations unless none choose this time to become republics – came shortly after half an hour after news of the monarch’s death was announced.

According to the customs, traditions and laws of the United Kingdom, Charles became king immediately after the death of his mother, as he was the heir apparent. Although there are constitutional processes to undertake in the hours, weeks and months ahead – including privy council meetings, proclamations and possibly a coronation – the role passes seamlessly and automatically.

September 28, 1952: Princess Elizabeth watches her son Prince Charles play in his toy car at Balmoral. (Photo by Lisa Sheridan/Studio Lisa/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)


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