King Charles’ sweet hidden messages to the Queen in emotional first speech
King Charles made his first official speech as monarchas he addressed the nation on Friday 9 September a day after his mother's death.
During the speech, made from Buckingham Palace’s Blue Drawing Room, there were many nods from the King to his late mother, Queen Elizabeth II.
The King spoke from the antique polished desk in the grand state room where the Queen would sometimes film her Christmas broadcasts.
To the King’s left was a framed photograph of his late mother the Queen, smiling broadly and wearing a vivid blue coat and matching hat decorated with a red flower.
And on the right, delicate white sweet peas set with sprigs of rosemary – the herb a traditional symbol of remembrance – were placed in memory of Elizabeth II.
The posy stood in a small silver vase at the base of which were several small silver playful-looking corgis.
The ornament was used by the Queen when she used to sit at the very same desk.
It was a touching nod to the monarch’s love of her favourite dogs, who were a constant source of happiness during her long reign.
The Blue Drawing Room, designed by John Nash, is decorated with pairs of scagliola columns, painted to resemble onyx in 1860.
There are five cut-glass chandeliers, an assortment of settees, chairs and tables, and it is often used for royal receptions.
Pledging his duty to a life of service as the head of the British monarch in a televised speech, the King said: "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.”
The King paid tribute to his family members, including sons William and Harry and their wives, Kate and Meghan.
The King credited his son and heir, William, Prince of Wales adding: “With Catherine beside him, our new Prince and Princess of Wales will, I know, continue to inspire and lead our national conversations, helping to bring the marginal to the centre ground where vital help can be given.”
He wished to “express my love for Harry and Meghan as they continue to build their lives overseas”.
The King ended his address by saying: “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’.”
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