Behind-the-scenes of King Charles' moving tribute to the Queen as he asks staff 'am I done?' | The Sun

BEHIND-the-scenes footage showed the emotional moment after King Charles III gave her first moving speech as reigning monarch.

In the clip, an emotional Charles asks producers "am I done?" after making the touching address just 24 hours after the death of his 'darling mama'.

In the splendor of the Buckingham Palace drawing room where the Queen filmed her Christmas message, Charles gave his first televised speech to the nation as king.

In it, he paid tribute to her exceptional 70-year reign and vowed to 'renew' her 'promise of a life of service' as he appeared to fight back tears.

It comes as… 

  • King Charles was formally declared Monarch in an historic Accession ceremony
  • Prince William has been seen for the first time since his grandmother's death
  • One of the Queen’s last guests at Balmoral has told of his final poignant conversation with Her Majesty
  • King Charles III paid tribute to his "darling Mama" in an emotional first address to the nation
  • King Charles told Harry ‘it wasn’t right’ for Meghan to come to Balmoral

The King told the country: "In a little over a week’s time we will come together as a nation, as a Commonwealth and indeed a global community, to lay my beloved mother to rest. 

"In our sorrow, let us remember and draw strength from the light of her example. 


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"On behalf of all my family, I can only offer the most sincere and heartfelt thanks for your condolences and support.  They mean more to me than I can ever possibly express. 

"And 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."

In his rousing speech, he also announced new titles for his son and heir Prince William and Kate Middleton, who will become the Prince and Princess of Wales.

He also offered an olive branch to out-of-favour Prince Harry and Meghan Markle as he "expressed his love" for them as they "continue their life overseas."

The immediate moment after the King finished his speech was filmed in a clip by ITN as he is seen surrounded by cameras and lights.

A framed photo of Queen Elizabeth II, dressed in blue sits to the left of Charles as well as a bouquet of white sweet peas to his right – the traditional symbol of remembrance.

The monarch, who automatically became the king after his mother's death, asks "am I done?" after making the hugely emotional address.

Charles, dressed in a black suit, then stands and walks toward the camera crew who captured the historical moment.

He appears to share a brief smile with those around him as he continues to mourn the loss of the much-loved monarch.

People who responded to the clip commented on the emotion and grief that could be seen in King Charles' expression.

One said: "His eyes speak volumes of his pain. God love and comfort him.

Another said: "So brave his not had the time to let it sink in or grieve! And having to step into this huge role so quickly must be exhausting. God save the King."

Whilst one added: "Balance between grief and courage in a nutshell."

The video also revealed other touching tribute to her Majesty as a vase decorated with corgis was visible.

And Charles sat at the same polished oak desk the Queen used for her Christmas speech to the nation and the Commonwealth.

These touching behind-the-scenes clips allow a glimpse into the life of the royals as the nation and her family mourn her tragic loss.

Operation London Bridge, the code name for the intricate plan of action following the Queen’s death, has now been put in motion.

Yesterday marked the first day of a period of royal mourning which will be observed until seven days after the Queen’s funeral.

It is understood the funeral will be held on September 19, but this has not been confirmed by the Palace.

The Operation London Bridge plan has been in place since the 1960s and updated every year, involving branches of government, police, the Church of England and even Transport for London.

King Charles will formally be declared Monarch today with Prince William by his side in the first-ever televised Accession ceremony.

The royal automatically became King following the tragic death of his mother on Thursday but his role will be confirmed this morning.

A ceremony will be carried out by the Accession Council at St James' Palace, which will not be attended by King Charles III.

Prince William, Queen Consort Camilla, the Archbishop of Canterbury, and the Prime Minister will be among those who sign the Proclamation.

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Prince William, Queen Consort Camilla, the Archbishop of Canterbury, and the Prime Minister will be among those who sign the Proclamation.

The formalities will continue this afternoon when King Charles holds a string of audiences at Buckingham Palace.

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