TODAY King Charles III gave a moving speech as he was proclaimed King at the Accession Council with Prince William by his side.
The royal automatically became King following the tragic death of his mother on Thursday but his role was confirmed this morning.
A ceremony was carried out by the Accession Council at St James' Palace, which was not attended by King Charles III, in line with tradition.
It comes as…
- Prince William has been seen for the first time since his grandmother's death
- One of the Queen’s last guests at Balmoral has told of his final poignant conversation with Her Majesty
- King Charles III paid tribute to his "darling Mama" in an emotional first address to the nation
- King Charles told Harry ‘it wasn’t right’ for Meghan to come to Balmoral
He then later entered the throne room where he vowed to follow the Queen's "inspiring example" in front of Prince William and Queen Camilla.
Read his speech in full here:
"It is my most sorrowful duty to announce to you the death of my beloved Mother, The Queen.
"I know how deeply you, the entire Nation – and I think I may say the whole world – sympathise with me in the irreparable loss we have all suffered.
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"It is the greatest consolation to me to know of the sympathy expressed by so many to my Sister and Brothers and that such overwhelming affection and support should be extended to our whole family in our loss.
"To all of us as a family, as to this kingdom and the wider family of nations of which it is a part, my Mother gave an example of lifelong love and of selfless service.
"My Mother’s reign was unequalled in its duration, its dedication and its devotion. Even as we grieve, we give thanks for this most faithful life.
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"I am deeply aware of this great inheritance and of the duties and heavy responsibilities of Sovereignty which have now passed to me.
"In taking up these responsibilities, I shall strive to follow the inspiring example I have been set in upholding constitutional government and to seek the peace, harmony and prosperity of the peoples of these Islands and of the Commonwealth Realms and Territories throughout the world.
"In this purpose, I know that I shall be upheld by the affection and loyalty of the peoples whose Sovereign I have been called upon to be, and that in the discharge of these duties I will be guided by the counsel of their elected parliaments.
"In all this, I am profoundly encouraged by the constant support of my beloved wife.
"I take this opportunity to confirm my willingness and intention to continue the tradition of surrendering the hereditary revenues, including the Crown Estate, to My Government for the benefit of all, in return for the Sovereign Grant, which supports My official duties as Head of State and Head of Nation.
"And in carrying out the heavy task that has been laid upon me, and to which I now dedicate what remains to me of my life, I pray for the guidance and help of Almighty God."
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