March 21, 2023

The King made a private declaration on the demise of the Queen on the historic Accession Council. That is what he mentioned:

My Lords, Girls, and Gents.

It’s my most sorrowful responsibility to announce to you the demise of my beloved Mom, The Queen.

I understand how deeply you, the whole Nation – and I believe I could say the entire world – sympathise with me within the irreparable loss we now have all suffered. It’s the best comfort to me to know of the sympathy expressed by so many to my Sister and Brothers and that such overwhelming affection and help must be prolonged to our complete household in our loss.

To all of us as a household, as to this kingdom and the broader household of countries of which it’s a half, my Mom gave an instance of lifelong love and of selfless service.

My Mom’s reign was unequalled in its period, its dedication and its devotion. Whilst we grieve, we give thanks for this most devoted life.

I’m deeply conscious of this nice inheritance and of the duties and heavy tasks of Sovereignty which have now handed to me. In taking over these tasks, I shall attempt to comply with the inspiring instance I’ve been set in upholding constitutional authorities and to hunt the peace, concord and prosperity of the peoples of those Islands and of the Commonwealth Realms and Territories all through the world.

On this goal, I do know that I shall be upheld by the love and loyalty of the peoples whose Sovereign I’ve been known as upon to be, and that within the discharge of those duties I will likely be guided by the counsel of their elected parliaments. In all this, I’m profoundly inspired by the fixed help of my beloved spouse.

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I take this chance to verify my willingness and intention to proceed the custom of surrendering the hereditary revenues, together with the Crown Property, to My Authorities for the advantage of all, in return for the Sovereign Grant, which helps My official duties as Head of State and Head of Nation.

And in finishing up the heavy process that has been laid upon me, and to which I now dedicate what stays to me of my life, I pray for the steerage and assist of Almighty God.