We keep calm and continue. Less than a week after the death of Queen Elizabeth II, King Charles III as well as Queen consort Camilla visited Northern Ireland.
The royal family arrived at Hillsborough Castle in Belfast on Tuesday 13 September as part of their UK tour. They inspected tributes, including flowers and handwritten notes left in honor of the late Queen, who died on Thursday 8 September at the age of 96. They also attended a reflection service in honor of the Queen at St. Anne’s Cathedral.
Addressing the people of Ireland for the first time as king, 73-year-old Charles said he would continue his mother’s mission to maintain the welfare of Northern Ireland.
“In the years since she began her long life in public service, my mother has seen Northern Ireland undergo important and historic changes,” the new regent said in a speech on Tuesday. “All these years, she never stopped praying for better times for this place and its people, whose stories she knew, whose sorrows our family endured, and for whom she had great affection and respect.”
“I know my mother deeply felt the importance of the role she herself played in bringing together those who had been separated by history and reaching out to make healing of old wounds possible,” he continued. “At the very beginning of her service, the Queen made a promise to dedicate herself to her country and her people and uphold the principles of constitutional government. This promise she kept with unwavering faith. Now, with this brilliant example before me, and with the help of God, I enter upon my new duties with a determination to promote the well-being of all the people of Northern Ireland.”
Hours before the Queen’s death, it was confirmed she was “under medical supervision” after postponing several public events.
“Following further examination this morning, the Queen’s doctors are concerned about Her Majesty’s health and have advised her to remain under medical supervision,” the statement said. “The Queen still feels comfortable in Balmoral as well.”
While members of the royal family did not elaborate on the details of Elizabeth’s condition at the time, Charles, Camilla, Prince William as well as Prince Harry everyone went to the Scottish residence for the last visit.
Shortly after the death of the monarch, Charles, who came to the throne after the death of his mother, broke his silence about his loss.
“The death of my beloved mother, Her Majesty the Queen, is a moment of greatest sadness for me and all members of my family,” the King said in a statement on Thursday. “We deeply mourn the death of our beloved Sovereign and beloved Mother. I know that her loss will be deeply felt throughout the country, the Realms and the Commonwealth, and to countless people around the world.”
He added: “In this period of mourning and change, my family and I will be comforted and supported by our knowledge of the respect and deep affection that the Queen enjoyed so widely.”
The next day, Charles made his first speech as king. “I … solemnly pledge, during the remainder of the time God grants me, to uphold the constitutional principles that underlie our nation,” he said to the UK. “And wherever you live in the United Kingdom or in areas and territories around the world.” of the world and whatever your background or beliefs, I will try to serve you with loyalty, respect and love, as I have throughout my life.”
He took the time to talk about his family during his ascension speech. “I also want to express my love for Harry and Meghan as they continue to build their lives abroad,” Charles said of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Meanwhile, Prince Williamand his wife, Katia, now the Prince and Princess of Wales. He declared Camilla queen consort at Her Majesty’s wish.
The Queen is survived by four children: Charles, Princess Anna, Prince Andrew as well as Prince Edward. Elizabeth, who shared her children with her late husband Prince Philip, was also succeeded by eight grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
On the eve of her death, Elizabeth celebrated her platinum jubilee earlier this year, marking her 70th birthday on the British throne.
“As we celebrate this anniversary, it gives me pleasure to renew the promise I made in 1947 that my life will always be dedicated to serving you,” she said in a February statement. “As I look forward with a sense of hope and optimism in my platinum anniversary year, I remember what we can be grateful for. Over the past seven decades, we have witnessed extraordinary social, technological and cultural progress that has benefited all of us; and I am confident that the future will provide similar opportunities for us, especially the younger generation in the United Kingdom and throughout the Commonwealth.”
She continued at the time, “I was lucky that my family always supported me and supported me with love. I was fortunate that in Prince Philip I had a partner who was willing to fulfill the role of a wife and selflessly make the sacrifices involved. I saw my own mother play this role during my father’s reign.”
Charles and Camilla’s trip will be fast. They are expected in London on Wednesday, September 14, at a service in Westminster Hall led by Archbishop of Canterbury and reverend Dr. David Hoyle, Dean of Westminster, prior to the unveiling of the Queen’s coffin. The public will have the opportunity to pay their respects in person days before the state funeral on Monday 19 September.
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