First Address As King, Prince Charles Honors His Mother

In his first remark as monarch, Prince Charles honored Queen Elizabeth II.

“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,” the statement read. 

“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 "

Charles ascended the throne after Elizabeth II's death at Balmoral Castle on Thursday.

Clarence House says the new King will be Charles III.

Charles and her three other children Andrew, Anne, and Edward survive Queen Elizabeth II.

Queen Elizabeth II, the first daughter of King George VI, became the UK's monarch aged 25.

She oversaw 15 Prime Ministers, the Suez Canal crisis, the UK miners' strike, Gulf Wars, Britain's membership and leave from the EU, and the Covid-19 pandemic.

She replaced Queen Victoria as the UK's longest-serving queen in September 2015 and is the second-longest-serving monarch worldwide after Louis XIV.