New Delhi: King Charles III paid tribute to his “darling mama” in an emotional first address to the nation. The new monarch thanked Her Majesty for her service as she begins her “last great journey” to join his “dear late papa”.
Sitting next to a photo of the late Queen, the King said: “In a little over a week’s time we will come together as a nation, as a Commonwealth and indeed a global community, to lay my beloved mother to rest. “In our sorrow, let us remember and draw strength from the light of her example. On behalf of all my family, I can only offer the most sincere and heartfelt thanks for your condolences and support. They mean more to me than I can ever possibly express.”
“And to my darling Mama, as you begin your last great journey to join my dear late Papa, I want simply to say this: thank you.”
She died peacefully on Thursday afternoon at her Scottish estate, where she had spent much of the summer. The Queen came to the throne in 1952 and witnessed enormous social change.
Her son King Charles III said the death of his beloved mother was a “moment of great sadness” for him and his family and that her loss would be “deeply felt” around the world.