King Charles III signs first letter sending royal support to storm-hit Canada
King Charles III has written his first messages using the royal signature, including one to Canada after it was battered by Storm Fiona.
It was the first time the new king has signed a letter of condolence since the end of a period of national mourning on Tuesday (Sep 27). The message was sent to Canada's Governor General, Mary Simon.
In his first message of condolence issued as King, Charles said he and the Queen Consort "wanted to send our profound sympathy" to those affected by the natural disaster.
“My wife [Camilla] and I were most concerned to hear of the appalling devastation caused by storm Fiona and particularly wanted to send our profound sympathy to the people of Atlantic Canada whose lives, livelihoods and properties have been so badly affected by this disaster,” King Charles' letter read.
“We have fond memories of our recent visit to your beautiful region and know that your resilience and sense of community will help you through these unbelievably difficult times.
“We would also like to express our deep appreciation to the first responders, the military and to community members, who are doing so much to support others during this extremely challenging period.
“Our thoughts and prayers are very much with all of you as you work to recover and rebuild.”
Canadian troops have been sent to assist the recovery from storm Fiona, which swept away houses, stripped off roofs and knocked out power across the country's Atlantic provinces.
Fiona was downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical storm on Friday (Sep 24). Such weather events are rare in Canada, and police said the storm was "like nothing we've ever seen".