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King Charles III | Queen Elizabeth II and King Charles III | Source: Getty Images
King Charles III | Queen Elizabeth II and King Charles III | Source: Getty Images

King Charles' Emotional Farewell to 'Much-Loved Mother' Who Supported Him after Father's 'Disdain'

Vanessa Seifert
Sep 09, 2022
01:20 P.M.
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King Charles III made his first statement and tribute to his mother as the new reigning Monarch. His new role also means his sons and grandchildren with receive new royal titles.

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The longest-standing Monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, died on September 8, 2022. She acceded to the throne in February 1952 and went on to serve her country for 70 years. Now that the Queen has taken her last breath, her eldest son Charles will immediately gain his new title of King Charles III.

Following the announcement of his mother's death, His Majesty the King released his first statement as the new ruling monarch from Balmoral, where the Queen died peacefully surrounded by family.

Queen Elizabeth II in London 2019. | Source: Getty Images

Queen Elizabeth II in London 2019. | Source: Getty Images

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King Charles III said, "The death of my beloved Mother, Her Majesty The Queen, is a moment of the greatest sadness for me and all family members.

The new Monarch added that his mother's death will be felt worldwide, but what leaves him and his family with comfort is the "respect and deep affection in which The Queen was so widely held."

The King of England has been open about his distraught relationship with his father. Their relationship was most fragile between the 1980s and 1990s, indicated royal biographer Gyles Brandreth.

King Charles III and Prince Phillip in London 1971. | Source: Getty Images

King Charles III and Prince Phillip in London 1971. | Source: Getty Images

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Brandreth wrote a biography on Prince Phillips and discussed the disdained father-son relationship in detail. The author wrote that the Duke of Edinburgh doubted his son's ability to be a leader, let alone to take on a role as big as king; for this reason, he wished his son was more "robust and less fey."

The 2021 documentary "Queen Elizabeth: Love, Honour and Crown" also speculated that Queen Elizabeth struggled to understand her son because he was sensitive.

Just like his father, Queen Elizabeth worried if her son would "live up to her sense of duty". However, after he was stable with his new Queen Consort, Good Housekeeping wrote that Her Majesty said it was her "sincere wish" for her son to be king.

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King Charles III and Queen Elizabeth II in London 2009. | Source: Getty Images

King Charles III and Queen Elizabeth II in London 2009. | Source: Getty Images

King Charles III also had a distanced relationship with his mother. Queen Elizabeth II acceded to the throne when her son was only three years old, so the new reigning Monarch was mostly under the royal staff's care.

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The mother-son relationship suffered more hits after King Charles III with Camilla, now known as the Queen Consort, while he was married to Princess Diana.

King Charles III and his Queen Cohort in Canada 2017. | Source: Getty Images

King Charles III and his Queen Cohort in Canada 2017. | Source: Getty Images

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However, they resolved the issues, and the Queen thought the Queen Consort and the King were a good love match, reported the magazine Good Housekeeping.

How Queen Elizabeth II Spent Her Last Few Months

While everyone returned to London after the Queen took her last breath, her eldest son, King Charles III, and the Queen Consort stayed at Balmoral estate for the night.

King Charles III and the Queen Cohort in Cheltenham England 2011. | Source: Getty Images

King Charles III and the Queen Cohort in Cheltenham England 2011. | Source: Getty Images

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The new reigning Monarch had already started taking on more of his mother's duties as she became more frail and unable to move. Queen Elizabeth even moved from Buckingham Palace into her smaller seven-bedroom castle in Balmoral.

She spent the last months of her life enjoying the company of friends and family. The Balmoral estate was also special to her because it carried a lot of memories of her and her husband Prince Phillip.

They loved to be in the countryside because they could let go of their royal roles and busk in each other's company as husband and wife.

Queen Elizabeth II in Windsor in 1994. | Source: Getty Images

Queen Elizabeth II in Windsor in 1994. | Source: Getty Images

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However, now that the Queen was experiencing the beautiful countryside alone, she had her two Serjeant-at-Arms, Paul Whybrew and Barry Witforr, who accompanied her for walks and watched her favorite sports games with her.

Another person she had by her side was her personal assistant and advisor Angela Kelly, who was very overprotective of the Queen and made sure she did not participate in activities that would strain her. But Her Majesty died at her favorite home, enjoying the simple life of the country that she loved dearly.

New Royal Titles Now That King Charles III Has Acceded the Throne

King Charles is now the firm's new head, which means Prince William, his wife, and their children received new royal titles. Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, still keep their original titles, but there is an addition.

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Prince William and Kate Middleton in Canada 2016. | Source: Getty Images

Prince William and Kate Middleton in Canada 2016. | Source: Getty Images

They will now be referred to as The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Cornwall because Camilla has taken on the role of The Queen Consort. Their children will now become Prince George, Prince Louis, and Princess Charlotte of Cambridge and Cornwall.

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Although Markle revealed in her tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey that her son Archie was denied his royal title due to his race, Archie is now technically a prince.

According to the royal protocol established by King George V in 1917, the sovereign's grandchildren are automatically entitled to a royal title. This means that Archie's sister Lilbert would also technically be a princess.

Meghan Markle, Prince Harry and their son Archie in Cape Town South Africa 2019. | Source: Getty Images

Meghan Markle, Prince Harry and their son Archie in Cape Town South Africa 2019. | Source: Getty Images

King Charles III is England's longest-serving heir; he was second to the throne since he was three years old, and now, 70 years later, he has taken on the biggest role of his life.

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