“Even as history continued to shape us, and the bond between our two nations evolved, the affection and respect in which we held Her Majesty remained – unchanged, undiminished,” his speech said.
“The Queen transcended barriers. You could be a republican, and still feel nothing but regard for her.”
The King, often accused of meddling as the Prince of Wales, said in his first televised address last Friday that he would step back from his campaigning and charity work that shaped his life as heir to the throne.
He is, however, expected to continue to champion the environment but will “highlight” rather than campaign in the manner he has done for decades.
In a telephone conversation with Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday, the French president “signalled his full willingness” to continue their work together – “starting with the protection of the climate and the planet”.
The King will no longer travel to the COP27 world leaders’ summit in Egypt, in November when he was due to push his own green agenda and announce a new forum on sustainability.
Several media outlets have reported that any future plans already in the King’s diary from when he was Prince of Wales have been cancelled, with new visits prioritising Commonwealth realms likely to include Canada or Australia and New Zealand to be scheduled.
Among the politicians who will also attend are European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and the President of India Droupadi Murmu.
Invitations to the funeral were sent out by Britain to heads of state of nearly every country in the world apart from Syria, Venezuela, Afghanistan, Russia, Belarus, and Myanmar.
Syria and Venezuela are not invited because Britain does not currently have diplomatic relations with those states. An official said Afghanistan was not invited due to the current political situation.
Russia and Belarus are not being invited to send any representatives because of the invasion of Ukraine. But the guest list will not be made public by the British government, partly because of security concerns.
Invitees include ambassadors from North Korea and Iran, as well as Empress Masako of Japan – who will accompany Emperor Naruhito, despite largely retreating from public view two decades ago.
All “working members” of the royal family are expected to attend, with Prince William and wife Catherine, the Princess of Wales, to accept condolences.
Among the royals expected to attend are King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands, King Harald V and Queen Sonja of Norway, and Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco. Spain’s King Felipe and Queen Letizia are travelling to London, while former king and queen Juan Carlos and Sofía have been invited.
Immediately after the funeral on Monday, Britain’s foreign minister James Cleverly will host a reception for guests at nearby Church House, as members of the royal family head to Windsor for the Queen’s burial.
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