King Charles issued a heartfelt thank you letter to the nation on the eve of the Queen’s state funeral. Charles said he wanted, “as we all prepare for our final farewell,” to offer his gratitude “to all those countless people who have given such support and comfort to my family and myself at this sad time.”
He said he and his wife, Camilla, the Queen, were “deeply moved” by the many messages they received from around the world, and “moved to extremes” by those who have appeared to pay their respects across the UK to “my country”. Dear mom”.
Charles will lead the nation into mourning for its longest-reigning monarch on Monday while Westminster Abbey organizes a spectacular state funeral for Elizabeth II.
Two thousand people, including foreign royals, world leaders, presidents, and prime ministers will flock to the Gothic Church for a day of celebration, military parades and celebration in honor of the late queen.
In the written message released by Buckingham Palace, Charles said: “Over the past 10 days, my wife and I have been deeply moved by the many messages of condolences and support we have received from this country and around the world.
“In London, Edinburgh, Hillsborough and Cardiff we have been touched immeasurably by all who took the trouble to come and pay their respects to serve my dear mother, the late Queen, for life.
“As we all prepare for our final farewell, I simply wanted to take this opportunity to say thank you to all those countless people who have given such support and comfort to my family and myself at this sad time.”
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It comes after Charles hosted a reception at Buckingham Palace on Sunday night for presidents, prime ministers and family from around the world visiting the late Queen’s funeral on Monday.
Nearly 500 guests attended the ceremony, including Prime Minister Liz Truss, US President Joe Biden, First Lady Jill Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron, who was joined by his wife Brigitte.
The Prince and Princess of Wales and other working members of the royal family, including the Earl and Countess of Wessex, Princess Royal and Vice Admiral Sir Tim Lawrence, and the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, joined Charles and Queen Consort in mingling with the guests.
The reception was attended by dozens of leaders of the Commonwealth of Nations and members of foreign royal families.
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Camilla also gave a moving televised tribute to her late mother-in-law on Sunday shortly before the nation’s one-minute silence at 8 p.m.
In pre-recorded words, the Queen said: “She’s been a part of our lives forever. I’m 75 now and I don’t remember anyone being there except for the Queen.”
“It must have been very difficult for her being a solitary woman. There were no women prime ministers or presidents. She was the only one so I think she carved her role.”
Remembering the late Queen, Camilla added, “She has those gorgeous blue eyes, and when she smiles it lights up her whole face. I will always remember her smile. That smile is unforgettable.”