Prince Charles Pays Tribute To His Mother In First Statement As Monarch

In his first address as monarch, Prince Charles paid respect to his mother, Queen Elizabeth II.

“The death of my beloved Mother, Her Majesty The Queen, is a moment of the greatest sadness for me and all members of my family,” the statement read.

“We mourn profoundly the passing of a cherished Sovereign and a much-loved Mother. I know her loss will be deeply felt throughout the country, the Realms, and the Commonwealth, and by countless people around the world.

During this time of loss and transition, my family and I will be comforted and sustained by the knowledge that The Queen was held in such high regard and affection."

Following Queen Elizabeth II's death at Balmoral Castle on Thursday afternoon, Charles, 73, took the throne instantly. She was 96 years old. Clarence House has revealed that the new King's formal name will be King Charles III.

"Today the crown passes, as it has done for more than 1,000 years, to our new monarch — our new head of state — His Majesty King Charles III," UK Prime Minister Liz Truss said shortly after the Queen's death was announced.

Queen Elizabeth II is survived by Charles, her other three children, Andrew, Anne, and Edward, as well as grandchildren including Prince William, who is now second in line to the throne, and Prince Harry, who lives in the United States. Her 73-year-old spouse, Prince Philip, died in 2021 at the age of 99.