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King Charles holds back tears as he gives Prince William new title

Emily Brown

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King Charles holds back tears as he gives Prince William new title

King Charles III appeared to hold back tears as he addressed the nation for the first time as King and honoured his son, Prince William, with a new title.

The King spoke in a live broadcast this evening (9 September), almost exactly 24 hours after the passing of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, was announced on Thursday.

The new monarch paid tribute to his late mother, describing her as an 'inspiration and example' to him and the rest of the royal family, and spoke on behalf of all of its members as he assured that her 'dedication and devotion as Sovereign' was combined with 'qualities with warmth, humour and an unerring ability always to see the best in people'.

King Charles III paid tribute to his mother in his speech. Credit: BBC
King Charles III paid tribute to his mother in his speech. Credit: BBC

Speaking just one day after the loss of his mother, who was 96 at the time of her death, Charles appeared to tear up as he delivered the speech, in which he also showed his appreciation for his wife, Queen Consort Camilla, and his sons, Prince William and Harry.

The King announced that Prince William would be taking over some of the titles that have 'meant so much' to Charles throughout his life, explaining: “As my Heir, William now assumes the Scottish titles which have meant so much to me. He succeeds me as Duke of Cornwall and takes on the responsibilities for the Duchy of Cornwall which I have undertaken for more than five decades.

“Today, I am proud to create him Prince of Wales, Tywysog Cymru, the country whose title I have been so greatly privileged to bear during so much of my life and duty. With Catherine beside him, our new Prince and Princess of Wales will, I know, continue to inspire and lead our national conversations, helping to bring the marginal to the centre ground where vital help can be given."

Prince William and Kate have been named Prince and Princess of Wales. Credit:  James Boardman Archive / Alamy Stock Photo
Prince William and Kate have been named Prince and Princess of Wales. Credit: James Boardman Archive / Alamy Stock Photo

Charles went on to acknowledge his youngest son, Prince Harry, and Meghan Markle, saying: "I want also to express my love for Harry and Meghan as they continue to build their lives overseas."

Harry and Meghan gave up their Royal Highness titles after they announced they would be stepping back from their roles as senior members of the royal family.

King Charles went on to say that the family and the nation would come together 'in a little over a week's time' to lay Queen Elizabeth II to rest at her funeral, which is set to take place at Westminster Abbey.

Featured Image Credit: BBC

Topics: Prince Charles, The Queen, UK News

Emily Brown
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