September 13, 2022 | By Colin O. Jarrett |
King Charles III vowed in his first speech to the nation as monarch Friday to continue Queen Elizabeth II’s “lifelong service,” as Britain entered a new age under a new sovereign.
Around the world, the Queen’s exceptional reign was commemorated, celebrated and debated. Charles, who spent much of his 73 years preparing for the role of king, addressed a nation grieving the only British monarch most people alive today had ever known.
He takes the throne in an era of uncertainty for both his country and the monarchy itself. He spoke of his “profound sorrow” over the death of his mother, calling her an inspiration. The king’s speech was broadcast on television and streamed at St Paul’s Cathedral where some 2,000 people attended a service of remembrance for the queen.
Mourners at the service included Prime Minister Liz Truss and members of her government.
As the country began a 10-day mourning period, people around the globe gathered at British embassies to pay homage to the Queen.
In London and at military sites across the UK, cannons fired 96 shots in an elaborate, 16-minute salute marking each year of the queen’s life.