King Charles II delivers his first address to the nation
King Charles III delivers his first address to the nation as monarch (Picture: PA Images/Alamy Stock Photo).
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Military's new Commander-in-Chief King Charles III vows to serve with 'loyalty, respect and love'

King Charles II delivers his first address to the nation
King Charles III delivers his first address to the nation as monarch (Picture: PA Images/Alamy Stock Photo).

The Armed Forces' new Commander-in-Chief King Charles III has vowed to serve the UK and Commonwealth with "loyalty, respect and love".

In his televised address to the nation, King Charles III paid an emotional tribute to his mother Queen Elizabeth II. 

He said: "Throughout her life, Her Majesty The Queen – my beloved Mother – was an inspiration and example to me and to all my family, and we owe her the most heartfelt debt any family can owe to their mother; for her love, affection, guidance, understanding and example.

"Queen Elizabeth's was a life well lived; a promise with destiny kept and she is mourned most deeply in her passing. That promise of lifelong service I renew to you all today."

King Charles finished his address by saying: "And to my darling Mama, as you begin your last great journey to join my dear late Papa, I want simply to say this: thank you.

"Thank you for your love and devotion to our family and to the family of nations you have served so diligently all these years.

"May 'flights of Angels sing thee to thy rest'."