'Emotional, powerful, heartfelt': King Charles III wins praise for first address as monarch a day after Queen's death



King Charles III addressed the nation for the first time today as a monarch after the Queen’s death and pledged his “lifelong service” to the United Kingdom.

After arriving at the Buckingham Palace to a massive crowd, he paid a tribute to the Queen as a mother and a ruler—thanking his “darling Mama”.

Many in the crowd could not hold back tears as he spoke about his mother.

Throughout her life, HM the Queen, my beloved mother, was an inspiration and example to me and to all my family. We owe her the most heartfelt debt any family could owe to their mother, for her love, affection, guidance and example.King Charles III, in his first address

Addressing the new line of succession, he revealed that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have become the Prince and Princess of Wales.

The King also added he wished to “express my love for Harry and Meghan as they continue to build their lives overseas”.

Among much speculation about his reign as King and public scrutiny about the monarchy's violent, colonial history, the public reaction was mostly positive towards his first speech.

Here’s the reaction on Twitter towards his speech: