Camilla, Queen Consort hailed for 'steadfast devotion to duty' by King Charles III during address to nation

King Charles III said it was a "time of change for my family" following the death of Queen Elizabeth II

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King Charles III has paid tribute to the “steadfast devotion to duty” of his “darling wife” Camilla, Queen Consort in his first address to the nation.

The King said it was “a time of change for my family” and spoke of how much he relied on his wife.

“I count on the loving help of my darling wife, Camilla,” he said.

“In recognition of her own loyal public service since our marriage 17 years ago, she becomes my Queen Consort.

King Charles III and Camilla, Queen Consort
King Charles III and Camilla, Queen Consort
King Charles II
King Charles II

“I know she will bring to the demands of her new role the steadfast devotion to duty on which I have come to rely so much.”

During the address, the King also paid a touching tribute to Queen Elizabeth II.

He said: “I speak to you today with feelings of profound sorrow. Throughout her life, Her Majesty The Queen – my beloved Mother – was an inspiration and example to me and to all my family, and we owe her the most heartfelt debt any family can owe to their mother; for her love, affection, guidance, understanding and example.

“Queen Elizabeth was a life well lived; a promise with destiny kept and she is mourned most deeply in her passing. That promise of lifelong service I renew to you all today.

“Alongside the personal grief that all my family are feeling, we also share with so many of you in the United Kingdom, in all the countries where The Queen was Head of State, in the Commonwealth and across the world, a deep sense of gratitude for the more than 70 years in which my Mother, as Queen, served the people of so many nations."

He ended the address by saying: “And to my darling Mama, as you begin your last great journey to join my dear late Papa, I want simply to say this: thank you.

“Thank you for your love and devotion to our family and to the family of nations you have served so diligently all these years.

“May ‘flights of Angels sing thee to thy rest’.”