Prince William speaking after the death of Queen Elizabeth – not just as a royal, but as a bereaved grandson.
Queen Elizabeth, Queen of the United Kingdom and Head of the Commonwealth, has died at the age of 96 at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on 8 September. His son is now King Charles, while his wife Camilla Parker Bowles is queen consort – a title that refers to the spouse of the reigning monarch.
On Saturday, Prince William – the son of King Charles, and next in line for the throne – shared his grief in a statement posted on twitter From the account of the Official Prince and Princess of Wales. The couple, formerly known as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, were awarded the titles of the new Prince and Princess of Wales by King Charles.
“On Thursday, the world lost an extraordinary leader whose commitment to the country, the region and the Commonwealth was complete,” he began. “A lot will be said about the meaning of his historical reign in the days to come. However, I have lost a grandmother. And while I mourn his loss, I also feel incredibly grateful. I have benefited from the wisdom and assurance of the Queen in my fifth decade. My wife has got twenty years of his guidance and support. My three kids get to spend the holidays with him and make memories that will last for the rest of their lives. She was with me in my happy moments. And she was with me through the saddest days of my life. ,
Prince William, who shares children George, 9, Charlotte, 7, and Louis, 4, with Middleton, said that while he knew this day would come, it would take some time for life without his “Granny” . Real.”
“I thank them for the kindness they showed to my family and me,” he shared. “And I, on behalf of my generation, thank him for providing him with an example of service and respect in public life that was from a different age, but was always relevant to all of us. My grandmother famously said that sorrow is the price we pay for love. All the sadness we feel in the coming weeks will be testament to the love we feel for our extraordinary Queen. I will honor the memory of my father, Raja by supporting him in every possible way.”
Prince William is not the only member of the royal family to issue a statement on the death of Queen Elizabeth. Shortly after the official news of the monarch’s passing, King Charles shared words on the loss of his mother.
“The passing of my dear mother, Her Majesty the Queen, is a moment of greatest sadness for me and all my family members,” he wrote in an official statement. “We deeply mourn the passing of a cherished sovereign and a very dear mother. I know her loss will be deeply felt by countless people across the nation, across the realms and Commonwealth, and around the world.”