After the death of his mother Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Charles automatically became King. The new King Charles III spoke of “a moment of great sadness” in a statement Thursday evening, in the first statement after the announcement of the death of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II.
“The death of my beloved mother, Her Majesty the Queen, is a moment of great sadness for me and all members of my family,” he wrote in the statement. He greets a “cherished sovereign and a well-loved mother”.
“We deeply mourn the passing of a beloved sovereign and a beloved mother. I know his loss will be deeply felt throughout the country, kingdoms and commonwealth, and by countless people around the world.”
He said that during the time of grief and change, he and his family would be “comforted and supported by our knowledge of the respect and deep affection enjoyed by the Queen”.
The Archbishop of Canterbury, spiritual leader of the Anglican Church, said Thursday in a statement to join his “prayers to the king and the royal family” after the death of Elizabeth II.
“We have lost the person whose unwavering loyalty, service and humility helped us find meaning in who we are through decades of extraordinary change in our world, our nation and our society,” he said. ‘archbishop.