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The new Prince of Wales has vowed to serve the people of Wales with ‘humility and respect’ on the same day his father was proclaimed King Charles III at Cardiff Castle.
Prince William thanked Welsh Prime Minister Mark Drakeford for his “appropriate tribute” to his grandmother and announced by telephone that he would travel to the country “as soon as possible”.
William was given the title of Prince of Wales previously bestowed on his father – the new monarch – over 64 years after the death of his grandmother, the Queen, on Thursday.
As Charles’s eldest son, William also immediately inherited the title of Duke of Cornwall on the Queen’s death.
However, during his maiden speech to the nation on Friday, King Charles III announced that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge would be given the titles of Prince and Princess of Wales.
Technically, Charles’s wife, now Queen Consort Camilla, had been the Princess of Wales, but she used the feminine equivalent of Charles’s Duke of Cornwall’s 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 honor and that of the Princess of Wales when asked by His Majesty the King to serve the people of Wales. They will do so with humility and great respect.
The Prince acknowledged his and the Princess’ deep affection for Wales after they created their first family home in Anglesey, including during the early months of Prince George’s life.
The Prince and Princess of Wales spoke to mourners and looked at the floral tribute left at Windsor Castle. William is ‘honoured’ to become the new Prince of Wales
The Waleses took their children Prince George and Princess Charlotte to Cardiff Castle in June to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee on what was their first visit to Wales
The Prime Minister of Wales, Mark Drakeford, spoke today at King Charles III’s proclamation at Cardiff Castle
The regimental mascot, a Welsh buck named Lance Corporal Shenkin IV, was present at the proclamation at Cardiff Castle
The Prince and Princess will spend the coming months and years deepening their relationship with communities across Wales.
“They want to do their part to support the aspirations of the Welsh people and shine a spotlight on both the challenges and opportunities ahead.
The Prince and Princess look forward to celebrating Wales’ proud history and traditions, as well as a future full of promise.
“They will try to live up to the proud contribution that members of the royal family have made over the years.”
The couple had been living in Anglesey as newlyweds when the Prince was stationed at RAF Valley while he was an RAF pilot.
After their first child, Prince George, was born in 2013, the family spent the first few months of life on the Welsh island before moving to Kensington Palace the same year.
Today thousands of people have gathered at Cardiff Castle to hear Charles being proclaimed king in Wales.
More than 2,000 were allowed to enter the grounds, but hundreds lined the street outside the castle walls, including two protesters holding placards that read, “Not our king!”
Prior to the proclamation, 26 men from the 3rd Battalion the Royal Welsh – supported by the Band of the Royal Welsh – marched from City Hall at 11:25am along 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 address to the nation
They were joined by the regimental mascot, a Welsh buck named Lance Corporal Shenkin IV, and Goat Major Sergeant Mark Jackson.
At the castle, Mr Drakeford gave a short speech before the Wales Herald of Arms Extraordinary, Tom Lloyd, delivered the proclamation in English and proclaimed the Lord Lieutenant of South Glamorgan, Morfudd Meredith, King Charles in Welsh.
After the lectures, members of the 104th Regiment of the Royal Artillery fired a 21-gun salute to the singing of God Save The King and Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau, the national anthem of Wales.
It was the third time in three days that artillery fire rang out over the Welsh capital to mark both the Queen’s death and her son’s accession to the throne.
When the gun salutes ended, the soldiers were ordered to remove their headdresses while calling for ‘Three hurrahs for His Majesty the King’.
The prince and his wife took a surprise trip to Cardiff during the Queen’s platinum jubilee in June.
They were accompanied by two of their children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte on their first visit to Wales. 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 anniversary celebrations
Charlotte appeared to offer her older brother, who could one day become Prince of Wales, a flower as they walked through 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 got involved when he put headphones on stage next to the Princess of Wales
The family walked through Cardiff Castle as William and Kate took the time to meet the performers involved in the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee concert, with contributions from Welsh acts Bonnie Tyler and Owain Wynn Evans.
After the Queen’s death, Prince William paid a very personal tribute to his “grandma” in his first public statement on her death.
“Thursday, the world lost an extraordinary leader whose devotion to the country, the empires and the Commonwealth was absolute. So much will be said in the coming days about the significance of her historic reign,” he said.
‘However, I have lost a grandmother. And while I will mourn her loss, I also feel incredibly grateful. I have benefited from the queen’s wisdom and reassurance into my fifth decade.
‘My wife has had her guidance and support for twenty years. My three children have to spend vacations with her and create memories that will last a lifetime.
She was by my side in my happiest moments. And she was by my side through the saddest days of my life.
The Prince of Wales, 40, said in an Instagram statement that as the world mourned the loss of an ‘extraordinary leader’, he had lost his ‘grandmother’
The Prince appeared at Windsor Castle yesterday with his wife, the Princess of Wales, along with Harry and Meghan who joined King Charles III on a walk around the grounds to talk to mourners and watch tributes
“I knew this day would come, but it will be some time before the reality of life without grandma will feel real.
“I thank her for the kindness she has shown my family and me. And I thank her on behalf of my generation for setting an example of service and dignity in public life that was of a different age, but always relevant to all of us.
“My grandmother once said sadness was the price we pay for love. All the sadness we will feel in the coming weeks will be a testament to the love we felt for our extraordinary queen.
“I will honor her memory by supporting my father, The King, in every way I can.”
The Prince appeared at Windsor Castle yesterday with his wife, the Princess of Wales. Along with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, the two couples spoke to mourners and watched tributes to the Queen.
The Waleses and Sussexes are said to have reunited for the walkabout after Prince William extended an eleventh-hour olive branch to Prince Harry, following a phone call with the new monarch.