King Charles has admitted to Liz Truss, the UK’s new Prime Minister, that the death of his mother was “the moment I have been dreading”.
The monarch made the emotional confession during his first meeting with the PM, as he returned to Buckingham Palace from Balmoral on Friday, following the death of his mother Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday.
Ms Truss, who only took office this week, curtsied as she was shown in to meet Charles for the first of what will be regular weekly meetings to keep him informed of government business.
As she offered her condolences, the King shook her hand and thanked her, saying: “You are very kind for coming – I know how busy you are.”
He added: “But it’s been so touching this afternoon when we arrived here, all those people come to give their condolences.”
The Prime Minister again repeated: “Your Majesty, my very greatest sympathies.”
He replied: “You are very kind. It was the moment I have been dreading, as I know a lot of people have. We’ll try to keep everything going. Come, come have a seat.”
Earlier on Friday, the PM had led tributes in the House of Commons to the Queen as she urged the country to support their new monarch as he assumed the throne upon his mother’s death.
She told MPs that the King “bears an awesome responsibility that he now carries for all of us”, adding: “Even as he mourns, his sense of duty and service is clear.”
She also urged the British people, the Commonwealth and all MPs to support Charles as he takes the country forward to a “new era of hope and progress, our new Carolean age”.
While “our lives changed forever” with the death of the Queen, she said Britons must show the world “we do not fear what lies ahead”.
The address came just days after Liz was sworn in as Prime Minister by the Queen herself, at Balmoral on Tuesday, after successfully winning the Conservative party’s leadership contest, following Boris Johnson’s resignation.
On Saturday, she will also attend the Accession Council in the State Apartments of St James’s Palace where Charles will be formally proclaimed King.
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