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The King's Speech: Charles III addresses nation for first time as monarch


King Charles III gave his first speech to the nation as British monarch on Friday following the passing of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II.

In his speech, he paid tribute to his mother, saying: "Throughout her life, Her Majesty The Queen -- my beloved Mother -- was an inspiration and example to me and to all my family, and we owe her the most heartfelt debt any family can owe to their mother; for her love, affection, guidance, understanding and example."

"Queen Elizabeth was a life well lived; a promise with destiny kept and she is mourned most deeply in her passing. That promise of lifelong service I renew to you all today," King Charles continued.

He recalled his mother’s pledge in 1947, on her 21st birthday, broadcast from Cape Town to the Commonwealth to "devote her life, whether it be short or long" to the service of the peoples. The queen made sacrifices for duty, he said.

The king continued: "I know that her death brings great sadness to so many of you and I share that sense of loss, beyond measure, with you all."

He said that his mother ascended the throne as Britain and the world emerged from World War II and that many things had changed 70 years later, including British society which he said had "become one of many cultures and many faiths."

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