The speech of Prince Charles in its entirety
The Prince of Wales took the stage to pay his respects to the Queen at the jubilee concert.
Here is the full text of his address:
“Your Majesty, Mom,
“The scale of tonight’s celebration – and the outpouring of warmth and affection throughout this jubilee weekend – is our way of saying thank you, thank you from your family, your country, the Commonwealth, in fact the whole world.
“On behalf of all of us, I wanted to pay tribute to your life of selfless service, with pictures, words and light.
“Your family now has four generations. You are our head of state. And you are also our mother.
“Your ‘strength and stay’ is very much missing tonight, but I’m sure he’s here in spirit … My dad would enjoy the show and join us with all his heart in celebrating everything you continue to do for your country and your people.
“Looking back, we are thinking about the countless state opportunities that are turning points on the path of this nation. And at the end of the day you will think of red boxes, filled with government papers.
“You will remember those who led this country. Indeed, all the countries you serve. And leaders around the world.
“How things have changed … We think of everything you have done to make the Commonwealth such an important force forever. You continue to make history.
“And there was still time for fun in the middle of work. Maybe we celebrated that derby winner tonight … next year maybe?”
“But I know that what excites my mother in the morning is that all of you ladies and gentlemen are all watching at home. Tonight we are presented here in this great audience.
“Your Majesty, you have been with us in our difficult times. And you gather us to celebrate moments of pride, joy and happiness.
“Maybe he’s really coming home this year.
“You met us and talked to us. You are laughing and crying with us and, most importantly, you have been there for us, for these 70 years.
“You promised to serve your whole life – you continue to deliver. That’s why we’re here. That is what we are celebrating tonight.
“These pictures on your house are the story of your life – and ours. So, Your Majesty, that’s why we all say ‘thank you’.”
“Now, ladies and gentlemen, I know that the Queen is watching these celebrations with a lot of emotion, as she has, I hope, finished her jam sandwich, including the immense regret that she cannot be here with us in person tonight.
“But Windsor Castle is barely 20 miles away, so if we cheer loud enough, she could only hear us. So let’s get together.”