The 73-year-old renewed his
“darling Mama’s” promise of lifelong service as he praised her
humor, warmth, and ability to see the best in people.
He also announced that he had
made his son William the new Prince of Wales, with his wife Catherine the
Princess of Wales – the title last used by William’s late mother, Diana. And
the father-of-two expressed his “love for Harry and Meghan as
they continue to build their lives overseas”.
It was one of a number of
expressions of open emotion during the speech in which the King also said:
“I count on the loving help of my darling wife, Camilla”.
Charles finished with an
emotional sign-off to his “darling Mama” when he wished: “May
flights of angels sing thee to thy rest,” a quote from the ending of
Royal fans were quick to react
to the historic address on social media.
“I’m in tears again at
the speech King Charles has just given. His love for his mother shines
through…May flights of Angels sing Thee to Thy Rest,” one praised.
A second echoed: “This
tweet is a little overdue, but I’ve just seen the magnificent, moving speech by
His Majesty King Charles III. Once again, I offer my heartfelt condolences and
support to the Royals.”
“I’ve just watched this
speech from last night,” a third said. “Wow. What an emotional,
proud, heartfelt tribute to his mum, just a few days after she died. It was
absolutely spot on, he looked & spoke like a king, I certainly had a tear
in my eye, well done King Charles.”
And a fourth wrote: “This
was the most wonderful, emotional, promising and comforting speech a new
Monarch can give. Very powerful. It left no eyes dry. He will make a very good
#KingCharles. His ‘darling mama’ would already be very proud.”