Charles III on Monday made his first speech to parliament as king since ascending to the throne following Queen Elizabeth II’s demise, hailing the “vital” traditions of British lawmakers.
The nation’s new monarch gave his inaugural parliamentary deal with in entrance of members of the elected decrease House of Commons and the higher chamber House of Lords packed into Westminster Hall.
The oldest a part of Britain’s centuries-old parliament, it is going to host the coffin of his late mom from Wednesday night for 4 days of official lying-in-state till her state funeral Monday.
“As I stand before you today, I cannot help but feel the weight of history which surrounds us and which reminds us of the vital parliamentary traditions to which members of both houses dedicate yourselves,” Charles mentioned.
“Parliament is the living and breathing instrument of our democracy,” he added, noting the queen had set “an example of selfless duty which, with God’s help and your counsels, I am resolved faithfully to follow.”
Charles will subsequent journey to Scotland, the place he’ll be a part of a procession to accompany the queen’s coffin alongside Edinburgh’s Royal Mile to St Giles’ Cathedral, earlier than a spiritual service and vigil later Monday.
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