King Charles III says he’s ‘moved beyond measure’ in thank you message to nation ahead of State Funeral
"As we all prepare to say our last farewell, I wanted simply to take this opportunity to say thank you."
King Charles III has released a message of thanks to the nation for the outpouring of love and support ahead of his mother’s funeral today.
The State Funeral of HM Queen Elizabeth II – who sadly died aged 96 on 8 September 2022 – is taking place today at 11am at Westminster Abbey, with full coverage of the historic event to be broadcast live as the nation comes together to commemorate her remarkable life.
During her reign, she served as Queen of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth – undertaking an important symbolic and unifying role as a head of state, spanning numerous geographical regions, cultures, and religions.
She was not just the longest-reigning British monarch in history, but she was also the first-ever monarch to reign in the UK for 70 years.
Ahead of the State Funeral today, the newly-ascended HM King Charles III has released a message of thanks to the nation as it prepares to say a “last farewell” to the late monarch.
HM King Charles III says that he has been “moved beyond measure” at tributes paid.
The new monarch expressed his gratitude to mourners in various different cites across the UK who took the time to pay their respects, and said they have been “such a support and comfort” to him and his family over the last 10 days.
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A message from HM King Charles III
“Over the last ten days, my wife and I have been so deeply touched by the many messages of condolence and support we have received from this country and across the world.
“In London, Edinburgh, Hillsborough and Cardiff, we were moved beyond measure by everyone who took the trouble to come and pay their respects to the lifelong service of my dear mother, the late Queen.
“As we all prepare to say our last farewell, I wanted simply to take this opportunity to say thank you to all those countless people who have been such a support and comfort to my family and myself in this time of grief.”
King Charles III will lead the nation in mourning at the State Funeral at Westminster Abbey today.
A total of 2,000 guests are expected to attend, and this includes 500 foreign dignitaries – such as politicians, civil servants, and some celebrities – and many ordinary members of the public selected for charitable or community works.
World leaders will be among those representing nearly 200 countries and territories.
Tens of thousands of mourners have travelled to London and Windsor for the State Funeral and burial service, and many more will be gathering at different hubs across the UK to watch the historic event in real-time.
Continuous coverage of the State Funeral is being screened by many of the nation’s major broadcasters, including BBC, ITV, Sky, and Channel 4, and is expected to be watched on television by millions of people around the world.
It’s thought the State Funeral could become the most-watched television broadcast in history.
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