A Statement from The Prince of Wales

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge during the official opening of The Balfour, Orkney's new hospital in Kirkwall, where they are meeting NHS staff as they continue their tour of Scotland, 2021.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge during the official opening of The Balfour, Orkney's new hospital in Kirkwall, where they are meeting NHS staff as they continue their tour of Scotland, 2021.

A Statement from The Prince of Wales

10 September 2022

On Thursday, the world lost an extraordinary leader, whose commitment to the country, the Realms and the Commonwealth was absolute. So much will be said in the days ahead about the meaning of her historic reign.

I, however, have lost a grandmother. And while I will grieve her loss, I also feel incredibly grateful. I have had the benefit of The Queen’s wisdom and reassurance into my fifth decade. My wife has had twenty years of her guidance and support. My three children have got to spend holidays with her and create memories that will last their whole lives.

She was by my side at my happiest moments. And she was by my side during the saddest days of my life. I knew this day would come, but it will be some time before the reality of life without Grannie will truly feel real.

I thank her for the kindness she showed my family and me. And I thank her on behalf of my generation for providing an example of service and dignity in public life that was from a different age, but always relevant to us all.

My grandmother famously said that grief was the price we pay for love. All of the sadness we will feel in the coming weeks will be testament to the love we felt for our extraordinary Queen. I will honour her memory by supporting my father, The King, in every way I can.

Further News Following the Passing of Her Majesty The Queen:

Her Majesty The Queen’s Lying-in-State
A Statement from The Princess Royal
The Queen’s Children Hold a Vigil in Edinburgh
Service of Thanksgiving for the life of The Queen
His Majesty The King’s Reply to Addresses of Condolence
Arrangements for the Funeral of Her Majesty The Queen
A Statement from The Prince of Wales
Accession Council and Principal Proclamation
The King’s Address to the Nation and the Commonwealth
A Statement from His Majesty The King
The Queen Died Peacefully at Balmoral

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