‘Your words have brought immense comfort’: King Charles chooses sweet 1952 photo of the Queen as he speaks of ‘profound grief’ after her death in thank-you note to royal fans who sent condolences
- King Charles has sent messages to people who wrote to him after Queen’s death
- The monarch opened up about the ‘time of immense sorrow’ as he mourns
- He thanked people for their ‘wonderfully generous’ messages in the letters
King Charles has paid tribute to his “beloved mother” and candid about his “immense grief” after his mother’s death.
The king, 73, is responding to people who sent their condolences when the queen died, in some of the first royal correspondence stamped with his new figure.
In a photo posted on Twitter, a royal fan shared the card they had received from Buckingham Palace, thanking them for the kind words.
King Charles thanked benefactors for their ‘generous’ condolences after the Queen’s death in cards with a sweet photo of himself and his late mother in Balmoral in 1952, when he was about four years old.
The message in the card thanked people for their well wishes and opened up about his ‘immense grief’ since the Queen died
The message on the card read: ‘It was so kind of you to send me such a wonderfully generous message after the passing of my beloved mother.
“Your most thoughtful words are immensely comforting, and I cannot tell you how deeply they are appreciated in this time of immense sorrow.”
The card was printed with the C III R numeral, meaning Charles II Rex. Rex is Latin for ‘king’.
It also bears an image of the Tudor crown in a reference to his grandfather, George VI.
The cards are plain on the front with a black border and the figure of King Charles printed in the middle
Although the cover of the card is a simple design with a black border and the number, the inside shows a sweet picture of a young Charles with his mother.
Taken in Balmoral in 1952, when the King was about four years old, the photo shows him leaning out a window to grab something as the Queen stands behind him, beaming.
When Charles dutifully stepped into the role of king immediately after the queen died, royal fans could be forgiven for forgetting that he was also mourning his mother.
Since he took the throne, however, the king has preserved fond memories of his mother with subtle hints that pay tribute to her – and by addressing her legacy, which he hopes to continue during his own reign.
In his first televised address to the nation after his mother’s death, the King said: “Her Majesty the Queen – my beloved mother – has been an inspiration and example to me and all my family throughout her life, and we owe her the most. genuine debt any family may owe to their mother; for her love, affection, guidance, understanding and example.
‘Queen Elizabeth had a life well lived; kept a promise with fate and she is most mourned in her passing. That pledge of lifelong service I renew to all of you today.”
He spoke from the Blue Room at Buckingham Palace, where his mother had recorded some of her Christmas speeches and had a picture of the Queen on the desk next to him.
The king continued: “Her devotion and devotion as Sovereign has never wavered, in times of change and progress, in times of joy and celebration, and in times of sorrow and loss.”
The new royal code was first printed on September 27 when they rolled off the Court Post Office printer at Buckingham Palace.
The figure is the personal property of the King and was personally selected by him from a series of designs prepared by the College of Arms.
The King’s cypher may be best known for appearing on items such as mailboxes and state signs, but it is also used by government departments and by the Royal Household for franking mail.
A Scottish version of the symbol features the Scottish crown, approved by the Lord Lyon King of Arms.
Queen Elizabeth II’s design featured the St Edward’s Crown, which can be found on pint glasses and government buildings to police uniforms.
When the figure first debuted, some pointed out that it bore a striking resemblance to Christiano Ronaldo’s own branding, featuring his initials and shirt number.