21 years old, Isabel II he made the most important promise of his entire reign. He promised that his whole life “be it long or short” would be at the service of the citizens. He more than fulfilled it. And his son, now Carlos III, wanted to renew it yesterday with his first speech to the nation as head of state. At 73, he is aware that his rule was born with limited time. But he wanted to convey to the British a message of calm continuity with an emotional intervention in which the word “love” was one of the most repeated.
“As the Queen has done, with unwavering devotion, I also solemnly commit myself, during the remaining time that God wishes to give me, to defend the constitutional principles that lie at the heart of our nation,” he stressed in his televised announcement, which was great tribute to his mother.
“To my dear mom, as you begin your last great journey to be reunited with my dear dad, I just want to say this: Thank you. Thank you for your love and devotion to our family and the family of nations. those who have served so diligently all these years,” he added.
The speech lasted only nine minutes, but was loaded with symbolism. He had words for his wife Camilla, who became queen consort: “I know she will bring to the demands of her new role the steadfast devotion to duty on which I have come to rely.” And also for his son William, the crown prince: ” I know he will bring to the demands of his new position the unswerving devotion to duty on which I rely so much. Now take the Scottish titles that mean so much to me. He succeeds me as Duke of Cornwall and assumes the responsibilities of the Duchy of Cornwall that I have held for more than five decades.” The note cannot go unnoticed as one of the most important challenges of the new administration is the Scottish nationalist challenge with the Prime Minister’s pledge , Nicholas Sturgeon, to call another secession referendum next year.
What was perhaps most surprising was his mention of Enrique and Megan, to whom he wanted to express his “love” as they “continue to build their lives abroad” a way to build bridges with his youngest son, who has been throwing darts at La Firma ever since Megxit.
The truth is that the role of Carlos It was always extremely difficult. Especially in recent years, when he had to represent the Queen, but at the same time he could not take away her prominence as head of state. In short, it should be, but stay away. He has always been in the shadow of what is now considered the last world monarch. In reality, he has always been in the shadow of too many figures. Among them his own son Guillermo – who polls have so far always given him more popularity – and his ex-wife Lady Di, considered the people’s princess. It was extremely difficult for Carlos to find his place. All his life he prepares for one role. But at the same time, he also didn’t want to focus on his throne as it would ultimately mean losing his mother. But his time finally came and he was seen enjoying it yesterday. Carlos III took his first public bath on his arrival at Buckingham Palace, where, accompanied by Stretcher, wanted to greet the citizens gathered there to see first-hand all the flowers and letters that have been deposited in recent days to pay tribute to the Queen. These are a few moments filled with mixed feelings.
On the one hand, the sadness of losing his mother. On the other hand, the thrill of serving your people the way you’ve trained for decades. After greeting the citizens, Carlos III and Camilla entered the palace. They did it themselves. No floats. And without any other member of the royal family participating in a historic image, soberly and without fanfare to mark the beginning of a new era, as was reflected in the liturgy celebrated in St. Paul’s Cathedral, where for the first time in 70 years it was sung this one God save the king. Carlos III will have the proclamation ceremony today. And for the first time in history, it will be broadcast on television. More proof that he wants to put his stamp on the institution.
For its part, the lifeless body of Elizabeth II, which remains in Balmoral (Scotland), is expected to be transferred first to the residence of Holyrood, the seat of the Scottish Parliament, to be transferred on Sunday to the Scottish Cathedral of St. Giles. , in Edinburgh, where she will lie in state for 24 hours, during which members of the public can come to pay their respects, before moving her to London, where a state funeral will take place in ten days, and she will then be buried at Windsor Castle, in the Chapel of Remembrance King George VI, together with his father.