King Charles III made his first public address as the UK’s new monarch on Friday in the wake of his mother Queen Elizabeth II’s death.
“Queen Elizabeth pledged to devote her life to the service of her people, it was a profound personal commitment,” the 73-year-old said as he began his pre-taped televised statement.
Elsewhere in his address, Charles revealed his heir and eldest son, Prince William, will now take on the title of Prince of Wales.
William’s wife, Kate Middleton, will now be the Princess of Wales — the same title formerly held by the late Princess Diana.
Charles also made specific mention of his youngest son Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle, saying he expressed “his love” to them both.
Charles and his wife Camilla, the Queen Consort, arrived at Buckingham Palace earlier Friday after flying in from Balmoral Castle in Scotland, where members of the royal family had gathered to mourn the long-serving monarch.
The pair spent time greeting the hundreds of mourners gathered outside the palace as shouts of “God Save the King” echoed through the crowd.
They also briefly briefly inspected the mass of flowers left against the towering black gates before making their way inside.
Ahead of his address, King Charles held his first official audience with new Prime Minister Liz Truss, who only met with the Queen on Tuesday in what would be her final public engagement.
Charles is thought to be one of the few royals to have made it in time to be his 96-year-old mother’s side when she died Thursday afternoon.
His new title was immediately bestowed upon him the moment his long-ailing mother’s reign as both the oldest and longest-serving British sovereign ended.
The late queen’s long battle of mostly unspecified health issues had given her eldest of four children plenty of time to prepare for the historic role that he was bred to fulfill.
He even formally opened Britain’s Parliament in May 2022 when his mother was forced to miss it for the first time in nearly 60 years, which many royal watchers saw as a practice run.
Centuries’ old accession protocol states that the “new Sovereign succeeds to the throne as soon as his or her predecessor dies,” giving rise to the famous saying, “The queen is dead — long live the king!”
However, his formal coronation is expected to be delayed for several months to allow for a period of mourning, as per long-running royal tradition.