Prince Charles Pays Tribute To His Mother

Prince Charles paid tribute to his mother Queen Elizabeth II in his first statement as monarch Thursday evening

“The death of my beloved Mother, Her Majesty The Queen, is a moment of the greatest sadness for me and all members of my family,”

Charles, 73, immediately assumed the throne following Queen Elizabeth II’s death at Balmoral Castle

Queen Elizabeth II is survived by Charles as well as her other three children, Andrew, Anne, and Edward

One of the world’s most highly-respected heads of state, Queen Elizabeth II was born the first daughter of King George VI in 1926

Charles is now officially King Charles III

Charles has been the longest serving heir-apparent, and his positions, causes, and scandals have been scrutinized his entire life

King Charles’s succession is monumental, in part because it took so long for it to happen