Prince Charles pays tribute to his mother as monarch

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Prince Charles paid tribute to his mother Queen Elizabeth II in his first statement as monarch Thursday evening.

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“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.

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We mourn profoundly the passing of a cherished Sovereign and a much-loved Mother. 

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I know her loss will be deeply felt throughout the country, the Realms, and the Commonwealth, and by countless people around the world. 

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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 held.

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Charles, 73, immediately assumed the throne following Queen Elizabeth II’s death at Balmoral Castle on Thursday afternoon.

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She was 96. Clarence House has confirmed the new King will officially be known as King Charles III.

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Speaking shortly after the Queen’s death was announced, Uk Prime Minister Liz Truss said: “Today the crown passes, as it has done for more than 1,000 years, to our new monarch — our new head of state — His Majesty King Charles III.”

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One of the world’s most highly-respected heads of state, Queen Elizabeth II was born the first daughter of King George VI in 1926 

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and became the UK’s monarch at just 25 upon her father’s death, with her coronation taking place in 1953.

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