King Charles III issued his first message since the end of the royal mourning period, which lasted for seven days after the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II. The sovereign penned a letter to Canada’s Governor-General, Mary Simon, in the wake of the devastation brought late last week by a post-tropical cyclone named Storm Fiona.
The message, shared on Twitter by the Canadian Governor-General’s account, read: “My wife and I were most concerned to hear of the appalling devastation caused by storm Fiona and particularly wanted to send our profound sympathy to the people of Atlantic Canada whose lives, livelihoods and properties have been so badly affected by this disaster.
“We have fond memories of our recent visit to your beautiful region and know that your resilience and sense of community will help you through these unbelievable difficult times.
“We would also like to express our deep appreciation to the first responders, the military and to community members who are doing so much to support others during this extremely challenging period.
“Our thoughts and prayers are very much with all of you as you work to recover and rebuild.”
Charles’s words were hugely appreciated by some social media users on Twitter.
Canada-based Lyn wrote: “As someone who lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia I appreciate his words.”
Another, Colleen Ewanchyna, tweeted: “I think it’s a very nice gesture! Thank you!”
Carol tweeted: “The first of many such messages he’ll send to people around the world no doubt, during times of trouble.
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“Very thoughtful of him and The Queen Consort, as always.”
Others noted a there is a link between this message and the last one issued by Queen Elizabeth II.
Ron Lisa Mc said: “HM The Queen’s last message was to Canada regarding the stabbing tragedy in Saskatchewan.
“HM The King’s first message is also to Canada, regarding a tragic storm. Canada always close to the heart of the UK.”
This Twitter user referred to the statement issued by the late monarch on September 7, the day before her death, following the deadly stabbing which killed 10 people and left 18 more injured in Canada’s Saskatchewan.
The late 96-year-old said in her statement she was mourning with all Canadians during such a “tragic time”.
King Charles’s message to Canadians comes day after Storm Fiona battered Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and Quebec with hurricane-strength winds, heavy rain and massive waves.
Two people were killed and one remains missing as a result of the storm.
Moreover, hundreds of thousands of people were left without electricity and washed into the sea several houses.
As noted by King Charles in his message, he and Camilla travelled to Atlantic Canada as part of a whirlwind tour of the country in May.
The trip marked the 18th official visit of the then Prince of Wales to Canada.
Charles’s latest statement was released from Scotland, with the letterhead of the message reading “Balmoral Castle”.
The period of royal mourning came to a close at 8am on Tuesday, after which members of the Firm were expected to resume their engagements as normal, stop wearing black and stop flying flags on their royal residences at half-mast.
As a sign of the return to normal, Prince William and Kate stepped out for their first visit of Wales since Charles created his firstborn Prince of Wales.
The pair were welcomed by huge crowds as they visited Anglesey and Swansea to visit an RNLI unit and a community hub, St Thomas Church.