It is with great sadness that I speak to you today. Throughout her life, Her Majesty the Queen has been my beloved mother, an inspiration and example to me and my entire family. For her love, affection, guidance, understanding and example.
Queen Elizabeth lived a life well lived. Her promise with her destiny was kept and she mourns her death most deeply. I renew her promise of lifelong service to all of you today.
In addition to the personal grief felt by my entire family, I share it with the United Kingdom, all the countries where the Queen has been Head of State, the Commonwealth of Nations and many of you around the world. Over 70 years my mother served people of many nations as Queen.
In 1947, on her 21st birthday, she made a broadcast from Cape Town to the Commonwealth of Nations, promising to dedicate her life, long or short, to the service of the people.
It wasn’t just a promise. It was a deeply personal commitment that defined her entire life. She made sacrifices for her mission.
Her devotion and devotion as sovereign has never wavered through times of change and progress, times of joy and celebration, and times of sorrow and loss.
In her life of service, we have seen an unwavering love of tradition and a fearless embrace of progress. The love, admiration and respect she inspired became a hallmark of her reign.
And, as my whole family can attest, she combined these qualities with warmth, humor, and an unerring ability to always see the best in people.
I honor the memory of my mother and honor her life of service. .
When the Queen took the throne, Britain and the world were still coping with poverty and the aftermath of World War II, living according to their previous customs.
Over the past 70 years, we have seen society become one of many cultures and beliefs.
State institutions have also changed. But through all the changes and challenges, our nation and the wider family of realms I am so proud of for their talents, traditions and achievements. it won’t work.
The role and duties of the monarchy remain, as well as the monarch’s special relationship and responsibility to the Church of England, in which my own faith is deeply rooted.
In that conviction and the values it inspires, I value my sense of duty to others and fully respect the precious traditions, freedoms and responsibilities of our unique history and system of parliamentary government. I was raised to do
As the Queen herself has made such unwavering devotion, I now solemnly pledge to uphold the constitutional principles at the heart of our nation through the rest of the time God gives me.
And no matter where you live in the UK or in any kingdom or territory around the world, whatever your background or beliefs, I will continue to do what I have done all my life: loyalty, respect and love. I will strive to serve you with
Of course, my life changes when I take on new responsibilities.
I can no longer devote so much time and energy to charities and causes that I care so deeply about. But I know this important task is in the hands of people I trust.
This is a time of change for my family as well. I count on the loving help of my beloved wife, Camilla.
Since her marriage 17 years ago, her own loyal public duties have been recognized, and she will become my Queen.
I know she will bring to the demands of her new role an unwavering devotion to duty that I have come to rely heavily on.
As my heir, William now inherits a Scottish title that means a lot to me.
He will succeed me as Duke of Cornwall and assume the responsibilities of the Duchy of Cornwall that I have held for over fifty years.
Today I am proud to create him as Tywysog Cymru, Prince of Wales. This national title has been a great honor for much of my life and duty.
With Catherine by her side, our new Prince and Princess of Wales will continue to inspire and lead our national conversation, bringing the limits to a central position where they can provide vital assistance. to help
I also want to share my love for Harry and Meghan, who are building their lives abroad.
In just over a week, we come together as a nation, as a federation, and indeed as a global community, to rest my beloved mother.
In our sorrow, let us remember the light of her example and draw strength.
On behalf of the whole family, we have nothing but heartfelt condolences and heartfelt thanks for your support.
They mean more to me than I can express.
And to my beloved mom, as I begin this final wonderful journey with my beloved late dad, I just want to say: thank you.
Thank you for your love and dedication to our family and families around the world.
May the flight of the angels sing you in peace.