King Charles III looked tired and tense in the moments after filming his touching tribute to his “favorite mum”, Queen Elizabeth II, as seen in behind-the-scenes footage released by the British royal family on Saturday.
The new monarch’s grief was evident as he swallowed hard and steeled himself to pose for photos after filming his first speech as head of state, which aired on Friday, a day after the Queen’s death at the age of 96 became.
“To my dear mom, as you embark on your final great journey to meet my dear late dad, I just want to say this: thank you,” he had said a few minutes earlier. “Thank you for your love and devotion to our family and to the family of nations you have served so diligently over the years.”
He sat bolt upright next to a framed portrait of the late Queen as crew members lowered the lights and an official photographer snapped away – then slumped as the portraitist finished his work.
“Am I done?” the king asked quietly as he stood up.
He smiled briefly as he thanked the staff for their work, then walked away alone, head bowed.
The poignant clip was released shortly after 73-year-old Charles was officially proclaimed Britain’s new king in a rare meeting of Britain’s Accession Council.
“I am deeply aware of this great legacy and the duties and heavy responsibilities of sovereignty that have now passed to me,” he said in a personal address to his privy councilor on Saturday.
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