For the first time since her devastating passing, her grandson released an official statement paying tribute to the late matriarch, who not only served as the Queen of the United Kingdom but was a mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.
Prince William Pens Emotional Tribute On Queen Elizabeth II’s Passing
Taking to him and Kate Middleton’s official account on Instagram, Prince William posted an emotional eulogy in honor of the late Queen. The prince, in his opening statement, stated how the world had lost an exceptional leader. He wrote,
“On Thursday, the world lost an extraordinary leader, whose commitment to the country, the Realms and the Commonwealth was absolute. So much will be said in the days ahead about the meaning of her historic reign.”
Emphasizing the effect of the Queen’s passing on his immediate family, William wrote, “I, however, have lost a grandmother. And while I will grieve her loss, I also feel incredibly grateful. I have had the benefit of The Queen’s wisdom and reassurance into my fifth decade.”
The now-first in line to the throne further opened up about Her Majesty’s impact and relationship with his wife Kate and their three children — Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis — writing, “My wife has had twenty years of her guidance and support. My three children have got to spend holidays with her and create memories that will last their whole lives”.
Prince William got candid, admitting that he was aware that the Queen’s passing would eventually happen, but the pain his family felt would take a while to heal. Referring to her as Grannie, the Duke of Cambridge revealed how the Queen stood by him during the saddest and happiest moments of his life.
He also appreciated the Queen for the exemplary life she led during her reign. In rounding up his tribute to his grandmother, Prince William wrote, ” My grandmother famously said that grief was the price we pay for love. All of the sadness we will feel in the coming weeks will be testament to the love we felt for our extraordinary Queen. I will honour her memory by supporting my father, The King, in every way I can.”
New Titles For Prince William and Kate Middleton In The Wake Of The Queen’s Passing
Prince William’s heartfelt tribute comes after he and Middleton received new titles in light of the Queen’s passing. As The Blast reported, the couple who was formally known as The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge titles received an upgrade. This change was made public on their social media accounts bios.
The Royals now have Cornwall and the Royal Foundation at Kensington palace added to their list. This update was accounted for on their official Instagram page.
Their bio is written thus, “The official account of The Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and Cambridge and the Royal Foundation, based at Kensington Palace.” The same was written on their Twitter account.
Tradition demands that the eldest son of the reigning British monarch takes ” The Duke of Cornwall” title, while his wife takes the “Duchess” title. Since William is the first son of King Charles III it is only right that he inherits the position.
Coupled with this new position, the Duke and Duchess have been bestowed with the titles of Prince and Princess of Wales. King Charles III originally held the title of Prince Wales until the Queen’s passing on September 8.
On their Instagram page, they are now addressed as the Prince and Princess of Wales.
King Charles III First Official Speech Following The Queen’s Death
Prince William isn’t the first Royal to publicly pay tribute to the late Queen. The newly crowned King Charles III gave his first public speech as the monarch shortly after Her Majesty’s passing and in it fondly remembered her.
The King started his speech by exalting the late Queen as a mother, then extending his gratitude for her 70 years of diligent service to the throne. In his words,
“l speak to you today with feelings of profound sorrow; throughout her life, her Majesty the Queen, my beloved mother, was an inspiration and example to me and my family, and we owe her the most heartfelt depth any family could owe to their mother for her love, affection, guidance, understanding, and example.”
The King praised his mother’s effort and acknowledged the sacrifices she made during her reign as Queen. Moving on, he acknowledged that he would have to step back from his charity’s function to focus fully on his role as King and fulfill his duties while buttressing that the work would carry on in his absence.
The Monarch thanked his wife Camilla, now referred to as the Queen’s consort. He also expressed his warm affection for Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle. He finally conveyed his gratitude for the outpouring of love and condolences the Royal Family received from the public.