Charles uses line from iconic play to pay tribute to Queen in first speech

King Charles III, as he is now known, used a line from Shakespeare’s Hamlet to pay a touching final tribute to his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, in his first public address as monarch.

The nation was gripped, just a day after losing the Queen, as Charles plucked up the courage to pay a touching tribute to his "mama".

Queen Elizabeth II died after a short illness at her favourite retreat, Balmoral Castle in Aberdeenshire, Scotland.

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In a pre-recorded speech shown on every major TV channel, the newly-appointed King spoke about Her Majesty's passing and his long-awaited reign.

The former Prince of Wales returned to London today with Queen Consort Camilla after spending the night at Balmoral.

In his speech he said: "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."

Charles then spoke of the Queen's famous promise made at 25 to dedicate her life to the service of her country.

"That promise of lifelong service I renew today," he said.

Continuing his speech, the King admitted: "My life will, of course, change", before expressing his sorrow at having less time to dedicate to the charitable causes he has committed his time to prior to ascending the throne.

And his mother wasn't the only one he paid tribute to. He also spoke of his wife Camilla, who, upon Her Majesty's death, became the Queen.

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He also took the time to acknowledge Prince William and Kate Middleton as Prince and Princess of Wales, among the many other titles they inherited upon the passing of the Queen.

And in a surprising turn, he even extended his love to his son Harry and wife Meghan, who stepped down as royals in 2020.

Quoting Shakespeare's Hamlet, he touchingly ended his speech: "May flights of angels sing thee to thy rest."

Tomorrow morning, an Accession Council – the formal proclamation of Charles as King – will take place at St James’s Palace in London.

Meanwhile, the Queen's coffin will lie in state, allowing members of the public to pay their final tributes.

Her funeral will take place on September 19.

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