Prince of Wales vows to serve Welsh people with 'humility and respect'

Prince of Wales vows to serve Welsh people with 'humility and respect'

New Prince of Wales vows to serve the Welsh people with ‘humility and respect’ and will travel to the country at the ‘earliest opportunity’ – as his father is proclaimed King Charles III at Cardiff Castle

  • Prince William and Princess Kate were given their new titles by King Charles III
  • They became the Prince and Princess of Wales following the King’s first speech 
  • Kate and William were formerly the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge until Friday
  • William is ‘honoured’ by his new title which his father held for more than 64 years
  • Full coverage: Click here to see all our coverage of the Queen’s passing

The new Prince of Wales has vowed to serve the Welsh people with ‘humility and respect’ on the same day his father was proclaimed King Charles III at Cardiff Castle.

Prince William thanked the Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford for his ‘fitting tribute’ to his grandmother and revealed over the phone that he would travel to the country ‘at the earliest opportunity’. 

William was given the title which had previously been bestowed upon his father – the new monarch – for more than 64 years, following the death of his grandmother, the Queen, on Thursday.

As Charles’s eldest son, William immediately inherited the title the Duke of Cornwall upon the death of the Queen.

However during his first speech to the nation on Friday, King Charles III told the former Duke and Duchess of Cambridge that they would be given the titles Prince and Princess of Wales.

Technically, Charles’s wife, the now Queen Consort Camilla, had been the Princess of Wales, but she used the feminine equivalent of Charles’s Duke of Cornwall title, the Duchess of Cornwall.

This was thought to be out of respect for Charles’s ex-wife Princess Diana, who died in Paris in August 1997.

A statement from Kensington Palace said: ‘HRH expressed his and The Princess of Wales’s honour in being asked by His Majesty The King to serve the Welsh people. They will do so with humility and great respect.

‘The Prince acknowledged his and the Princess’s deep affection for Wales, having made their first family home in Anglesey including during the earliest months of Prince George’s life.

The Prince and Princess of Wales spoke to mourners and looked at floral tributes left at Windsor Castle. William is ‘honoured’ to have become the new Prince of Wales

The Waleses took their children Prince George and Princess Charlotte to Cardiff Castle in June for the Platinum Jubilee celebration on what was their first visit to Wales

Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford was speaking at the proclamation of King Charles III at Cardiff Castle today

The regimental mascot, a Welsh billy goat called Lance Corporal Shenkin IV, was present at the proclamation at Cardiff Castle

‘The Prince and Princess will spend the months and years ahead deepening their relationship with communities across Wales.

‘They want to do their part to support the aspirations of the Welsh people and to shine a spotlight on both the challenges and opportunities in front of them.

‘The prince and princess look forward to celebrating Wales’ proud history and traditions as well as a future that is full of promise.

‘They will seek to live up to the proud contribution that members of the royal family have made in years past.’

The couple had lived in Anglesey as newlyweds when the Prince was stationed at RAF Valley while he was an RAF pilot.

After George was born in 2013, they spent the first few months of his life on the Welsh island before moving to Kensington Palace the same year. 

Today, thousands of people gathered at Cardiff Castle to hear Charles be proclaimed King in Wales.

More than 2,000 were allowed inside the grounds but hundreds more lined the street outside the castle walls, including two protesters holding signs reading: ‘Not our king!’

Prior to the proclamation, 26 men of the 3rd Battalion the Royal Welsh – supported by the Band of the Royal Welsh – marched from City Hall at 11.25am along the Boulevard de Nantes, North Road and Duke Street to the castle.

King Charles III made William and Kate the new Prince and Princess of Wales during his first speech to the nation

They were accompanied by the regimental mascot, a Welsh billy goat called Lance Corporal Shenkin IV, and Goat Major Sergeant Mark Jackson.

Inside the castle, Mr Drakeford made a short address before the Wales Herald of Arms Extraordinary, Tom Lloyd, made the Proclamation in English and the Lord-Lieutenant of South Glamorgan, Morfudd Meredith, proclaimed King Charles in Welsh.

After the readings, members of 104th Regiment of the Royal Artillery fired a 21-gun salute before the singing of God Save The King and Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau, Wales’s national anthem.

It was the third time in three days that artillery fire has resounded across the Welsh capital to mark both the Queen’s death and the accession of her son to the throne.

When the gun salute ended, soldiers were ordered to remove their head dresses while a call was made for ‘Three cheers for His Majesty the King’.

The Prince and his wife made a surprise trip to Cardiff during the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee back in June.

They were joined by two of their children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte on what was their first visit to Wales. The visit but their youngest son, Prince Louis, was not present.

Prince William and Kate Middleton visited Wales with their children Prince George and Princess Charlotte at Cardiff Castle during the Platinum Jubilee celebrations

Charlotte appeared to offer her older brother, who might one day become Prince of Wales, a flower as they walked around Cardiff Castle with their parents

Princess Charlotte laughs as she conducts a band next to her brother, Prince George, during their visit

The Prince of Wales was getting involved as he put a headset on stage alongside the Princess of Wales

The four of them walked around Cardiff Castle as William and Kate took time to meet the performers involved in the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee concert, which included contributions from Welsh acts Bonnie Tyler and Owain Wynn Evans.

After the Queen’s passing, Prince William paid a deeply personal tribute to his ‘Grannie’ in his first public statement about her death.

‘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,’ he said.

‘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.


 The Prince of Wales, 40, said in a statement released on Instagram that while the world was mourning the loss of an ‘extraordinary leader’, he had lost his ‘grandmother’

The Prince appeared at Windsor Castle yesterday along his wife, the Princess of Wales alongside Harry and Meghan who joined King Charles III on a walkabout around the grounds to speak to mourners and look at tributes 

‘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.’

The Prince appeared at Windsor Castle yesterday along his wife, the Princess of Wales alongside Harry and Meghan who joined King Charles III on a walkabout around the grounds to speak to mourners and look at tributes.

The Waleses and Sussexes reunited after Prince William extended an ’11th-hour’ olive branch to Prince Harry, following a phone call with the new monarch. 

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