Royal Family LIVE: Heartbreaking detail in Charles' first speech is touching nod to Queen

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The new sovereign spoke from the blue drawing room in Buckingham Palace. A vase containing sweet pea flowers – a favourite of the Queen’s – was positioned on the desk in a sweet nod to his late mother.

The vase has three corgis at the base, which are famously the late monarch’s favourite breed of dog.

The vase is usually positioned in the Queen’s audience room, where she would hold weekly meetings with Prime Ministers throughout her reign.

She met with the new Prime Minister Liz Truss just on Wednesday, who was the 15th Prime Minister under her reign.

During Charles’ speech on Friday, he promised “lifelong service” to the nation “as the Queen herself did with such unswerving devotion”.

He said: “I do now solemnly pledge myself, throughout the remaining time God grant to me, to uphold the constitutional principles at the heart of our nation”.

Paying a heartfelt tribute to his late mother, Charles said: “To my darling Mama as you begin your last great journey to join my dear late Papa, I want simply to say this: thank you.

“Thank you for your love and devotion to our family and to the family of nations you have served so diligently all these years.

“May ‘flights of Angels sing thee to thy rest’.”

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