The Queen is useless, lengthy reside the King! So goes the standard proclamation following the loss of life of 1 British monarch and the ascension to the throne of one other. This week, for the primary time in 70 years, we heard this phrase (which occurs to be an epanalepsis) as Charles III turned King.
The loss of life of Queen Elizabeth II, whereas not a shock provided that she was 96, has nonetheless had a large affect on the world. She had been the one British monarch whom a lot of the world had ever recognized.
Whereas I don’t contemplate myself a monarchist, I at all times revered Elizabeth and her unwavering dedication to her obligations as Queen. She was a exceptional girl in some ways, and it actually is the top of an period.
However with the top of each period comes the start of a brand new one. Thus begins the reign of King Charles III. At age 73, he was Britain’s longest ever King-in-waiting. Now that he sits on the throne, he has very large sneakers to fill.
On 9 September 2022, Charles made his first public tackle as King. In a heartfelt, 9-minute speech, he praised his mom and vowed to hold out the duties of King to the most effective of his talents. It was a wonderful speech. Charles needed to stability his private grief over the lack of his mom with the necessity to comport himself with the decorum and gravitas of King. Having misplaced my father final yr, I do know that it couldn’t have been straightforward for him.
The video is under, adopted by a few of my observations.