Liz Truss felt honoured to receive one of Queens final acts

Queen's funeral: Liz Truss reads bible passage during ceremony

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The Prime Minister was just two days into the job when the nation was plunged into mourning following Queen Elizabeth’s death. Ms Truss said it was a “momentous” period but described how she has watched the country embrace King Charles III with “warmth”. 

Speaking on a flight to New York following the funeral, Ms Truss said: “It has been a momentous period and a period of great grief and sadness in the United Kingdom and I think you have seen a huge outpouring of love and affection for her late majesty as well as a huge amount of warmth towards King Charles III.

“And I’ve been travelling around the country – Edinburgh, Belfast and Cardiff – and the streets have been lined.

“Today at the funeral we saw such huge public support and I have also seen that from world leaders who have come to London in unprecedented numbers.

“From my own point of view, I am hugely honoured to have been invited to form a government by Her Majesty the Queen in one of her last acts.

“Since then, I have had two audiences with His Majesty and what I have seen is a huge outpouring of public warmth and support for him and for the whole royal family.”

Ms Truss gave a reading at the funeral on Monday as the world watched on.

She praised the “tremendous” efforts of the civil service, armed forces and royal family that made the most significant state occasion and biggest security operation of modern times run smoothly.

Ms Truss added: “As well as me as Prime Minister we’ve had a lot of ministers who have just come into the job, for example, the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster has been organising a lot of the work behind the scenes.

“So, there has been huge, huge support. I just feel it’s a very important part of my role as Prime Minister to make sure that we are marking this very important moment in our nation’s history.”

She added: “Since I was appointed I have been spending my time really focused on making sure we as a nation mourn her late majesty and welcome King Charles.

“I’m now travelling to the UN General Assembly. We’ve had a huge group of world leaders in London and we now need to make sure we are doing all we can to continue to play our role in the world. That’s been my focus.”

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