King Charles made a touching reference to a song performed at Princess Diana’s funeral as he paid tribute to his mother the Queen on Friday evening.
The monarch recorded an address tonight in the Blue Drawing Room of Buckingham Palace, where Queen Elizabeth II recorded some of her Christmas messages.
Concluding his address, King Charles III said: ‘Let the flights of angels sing to you for your comfort’.
This was a reference to the lyrics of the song by Athene, which was performed at the funeral of Princess Diana as her cortege departed from Westminster Abbey on September 6, 1997.
King Charles made reference to the lyrics of the Song for Athene, which was performed at Princess Diana’s funeral as her Cortez departed Westminster Abbey on September 6, 1997.
Although King did not mention the name of his late ex-wife in his first address to the nation, he did mention the lyrics of a song performed at her funeral.
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II died at Balmoral Castle on Thursday at the age of 96, leaving a nation mourning the venerable monarch.
The coffin Diana, Princess of Wales, is carried by Welsh Guardsmen through Westminster Abbey during her funeral service in London. The song for Athene includes the line ‘The flights of angels sing to you for your comfort’, which the king said at the end of his address in tribute to his mother.
The song itself borrowed lines from Shakespeare’s Hamlet.
The song for Athene was composed by Britain’s John Tavener and lyrics by Orthodox nun Mother Thekla.
Addressing the nation for the first time as king, the emperor said: ‘I speak to you today with feelings of deep sadness.
‘Throughout her life, Her Majesty the Queen – my beloved Mother – was an inspiration and example to me and my entire family, and we are her most heartfelt debt any family can owe to their mother; For their love, affection, guidance, understanding and example.
‘Queen Elizabeth was a life well lived; Fulfilled a promise with destiny and deepest condolences on his passing. Today I renew that promise of lifelong service for all of you.’
He continued: ‘In less than a week we will come together as a nation, as a Commonwealth and as a truly global community, to rest my dear mother.
‘In our misery, let us remember and gain strength by the light of his example.
‘On behalf of my entire family, I can only express my most sincere and heartfelt thanks for your condolences and support.
Members of the public listen to a pre-recorded address by King Charles III at St. Paul’s Cathedral
He added: ‘To my dear mother, as you begin your last great journey to join my dear late father, I just want to say: thank you’
Prince Philip, Prince William, Earl Althorp, Prince Harry and King Charles (then Prince of Wales) walk behind Diana, Princess of Wales on September 6.
‘They mean more to me than I can ever express.
‘And to my dear mom, as you embark on your final great journey to join my dear late dad, all I want to say is this: thank you.
‘Thank you for your love and dedication to our family and family of nations, you have served so diligently over the years.
“May the flights of angels sing to you for your comfort”.
As Charles delivered his speech this evening, he sat behind a table with a posy of sweet peas with rosemary, which represents remembrance.
There were three corpses at the base of the vase on the table and she was in the queen’s audience room.
During the speech, the King also announced that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge had taken the title ‘Cornwall’ at the same time they became monarchs.
As of 6pm today, The Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and Cambridge, also known as the Prince and Princess of Wales, are in attendance.