King Charles has broken his silence on the death of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II.
The eldest son of the Monarch and Duke of Edinburgh Prince Philip released a statement moments after the tragic news was officially announced.
He said: “The death of my beloved Mother, Her Majesty The Queen, is a moment of the greatest sadness for me and all members of my family.
“We mourn profoundly the passing of a cherished Sovereign and a much-loved Mother. I know her loss will be deeply felt throughout the country, the Realms and the Commonwealth, and by countless people around the world.
“During this period of mourning and change, my family and I will be comforted and sustained by our knowledge of the respect and deep affection in which The Queen was so widely held.”
Prince Charles, 73, has spent his life preparing to wear the crown and he will be the oldest British monarch to ever take the throne.
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He was born in 1948 and is the eldest of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip’s four children.
He has held the title of Prince of Wales since 1958 and, upon his father’s death on April 9, 2021, he also inherited the title of Duke of Edinburgh.
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When he becomes king, his official title will of course change.
Queen Elizabeth’s official title was ‘Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God, of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and of Her other Realms and Territories Queen, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith’.
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However, it’s believed Charles will alter his slightly as he would prefer to be known as ‘Defender of Faiths’, as appose to ‘Defender of the faith’.
Expanding on his comments during a conversation with the BBC, he said: “I said I would rather be seen as Defender of Faith all those years ago because…I mind about the inclusion of other people’s faiths and their freedom to worship in this country.
“And it always seems to me that while at the same time being defender of the faith you can also be protector of faiths.”
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