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Innumerable challenges to test King Charles III of England

Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, (L) and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex (2nd L), Britain's Prince William, Prince of Wales (2nd R) and Britain's Catherine, Princess of Wales (R) look at floral tributes laid by members of the public on the Long walk at Windsor Castle on September 10, 2022. (AFP)

King Charles III, the new British monarch, used his first address to the nation since ascending to the throne to pay tribute to his late mother, Queen Elizabeth II.

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, King of England

Earlier the new king, alongside Queen Consort Camilla, met well wishers gathered outside Buckingham Palace paying their respects after the passing of Queen Elizabeth the Second on Thursday.

96-round Gun salutes, floral tributes, and flags flying at half mast, symbolize the country in the first phase of an official 12 day mourning period.

Messages of condolences flooded in from world leaders with domestic tributes being led in the House of Commons by the new Prime Minister, Liz truss.

Today, we show the world that we do not fear what lies ahead. We send our deepest sympathy to all members of the royal family.

We pay tribute to our late Queen and we offer loyal service to our new King.

Liz Truss, British Prime Minister

These are unprecedented times and the parliamentarians in Westminster will be getting used to saying God save the king, instead of God Save the Queen. But what will a monarchy under the stewardship of Charles III really look like?

Charles's ascension to the throne comes following a seven decade long reign by the late monarch.

Lots of people, who maybe were not great fans of the monarchy as an institution, respected Elizabeth II for her longevity, for her record.

They forgot many of the things that she was also associated with, the end of empire which is often very brutal, very brutal, in places like Kenya, but they gave her the same respect and you'll see that, I think, over the next 12 days you'll see people prepared to give that respect to the Queen.

I think it's going to be a very different story going down the road and we should remember that monarchy is very important to the British elite.

The armed forces, the security services, the judiciary, they swear loyalty not to Parliament, but to the monarchy.

Chris Bambery, Author

Charles's new role as King comes at not just a tumultuous time for the throne, but for the country itself.

If he is going to be an effective king he will have to speak to the nation in a way that brings people together.

And that may involve him, and as Charles has known to do this in the past, being more a political monarch than some of his predecessors.

He's made interventions on various issues. And I think he will continue to do that going forward.

Lee Jasper, Equalities Campaigner

At home, and abroad, there will be questions about what Britain's New Monarch's vision will be.

All the tentacles of the new reign bring forth a new dawn, former subjects across the world will simply wait and see.


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