Final goodbyes. King Charles III was seen heading to the airport after running to the side of the late mother, Queen Elizabeth II, in Scotland before she died.
The 73-year-old royal left Balmoral on Friday, September 9, and returned to London to deliver his first official speech as king following the queen’s death aged 96. Carlos was accompanied by his wife, Queen consort Camillaand the couple looked somber as they traveled to Aberdeen International Airport for their flights.
Buckingham Palace confirmed on Thursday, September 8, that Elizabeth has died at the age of 96. Hours earlier, she was placed under medical supervision as her doctors worried about her health. Carlos, Camilla, 75, and prince william all traveled to the Scottish estate of the late monarch, while prince harry was seen landing at the airport without a wife Meghan Markle.
Previously first in line to the British throne, Charles immediately assumed the role of king after Elizabeth’s death. He addressed the loss of his mother in an emotional statement Thursday, on his official letterhead reading His Majesty the King.
“The death of my beloved mother, Her Majesty the Queen, is a moment of deepest sadness for me and all members of my family,” he wrote. “We deeply regret the death of a dear Sovereign and a very dear Mother. I know the loss of him will be deeply felt throughout the Country, the Realms and the Commonwealth, and by countless people around the world.”
He continued: “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 regarded.”
While no official coronation date has yet been set, the new sovereign declared a nationwide period of mourning in the UK to honor Elizabeth’s legacy, which “will be observed from now until seven days after the Queen’s funeral.” ”, according to the palace.
Charles’s future as king was destined from birth, but prior to this year there was uncertainty surrounding Camilla’s next role within the royal family. In February, while celebrating 70 years on the throne, Elizabeth announced her vision for her daughter-in-law.
“When, in the fullness of time, my son Carlos becomes king, I know they will give him and his wife Camila the same support that they have given me,” he said in a statement at the time. “And it is my sincere wish that, when that time comes, Camilla will be known as Queen Consort as she continues in her loyal service.”
The couple, who married in 2005, graciously accepted the honor at the time when a source exclusively revealed how Camilla’s relationship with her mother-in-law had changed over the years. “Elizabeth II was skeptical about Camilla when she married Charles and the circumstances were certainly challenging, but through her dedication and loyalty to The Firm, she has more than shown her that she has what it takes,” the source told Us. Weekly, noting that the former Duchess of Cornwall has stepped up during the COVID-19 crisis. “She really upped her game and willingly took a hands-on approach with additional assignments.”
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