“I speak to you today with feelings of profound sorrow,” said the new King Charles III, as he addressed the country from Buckingham Palace for the first time since the death of his “darling mama.”

In an exceptionally moving speech, the King talked about his mother in the most personal terms and of his own duty as the future king and public servant: “Queen Elizabeth 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.”

Charles III arrived in London today from Scotland to huge crowds gathering outside the palace to lay flowers for the Queen while thousands of mourners lined Pall Mall and the surrounding area. As flags fly at half-mast and the sound of gun salutes ring out across the country – and much of the world – a ten-day period of national mourning in Britain has begun.