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King Charles speaks of 'weight of history' in first Parliament address as British monarch. Read here

Britain's King Charles III, left, and the Queen Consort sit at Westminster Hall, where both Houses of Parliament are meeting to express their condolences following the death of Queen Elizabeth II, at Westminster Hall, in London. (AP)Premium
Britain's King Charles III, left, and the Queen Consort sit at Westminster Hall, where both Houses of Parliament are meeting to express their condolences following the death of Queen Elizabeth II, at Westminster Hall, in London. (AP)

  • King Charles III said he cannot help but ‘feel the weight of history which surrounds us and reminds us of the vital Parliamentary traditions, to which MPs and peers dedicate themselves’

Addressing the Parliament for the first time as Britain's monarch, Charles III on Monday spoke about his “darling late mother" and pledged that he would follow her in upholding “the precious principles of constitutional governance."

Britain's monarch responded to the condolences offered by the House of Commons and Lords at Westminster Hall paid tribute to his mother, noting, “as (William) Shakespeare said of the earlier Queen Elizabeth, she was a pattern to all princes living." Charles said he cannot help but "feel the weight of history which surrounds us and reminds us of the vital Parliamentary traditions, to which MPs and peers dedicate themselves."

"Parliament is the living and breathing instrument of our democracy," he said. He said connections to "my darling late mother" are seen all around us, from the Silver Jubilee fountain to sundial in Old Palace Yard marking her Golden Jubilee, according to news agency PTI report.

The 73-year-old monarch will now fly to Edinburgh with Queen Consort Camilla to lead a royal procession behind the late Queen’s coffin as it makes its journey from the Palace of Holyroodhouse to St. Giles’ Cathedral in the Scottish capital. Following a special service to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s life, the coffin will lie-at-rest at the cathedral for 24 hours to allow members of the public to pay their respects.

King Charles III will have an audience with Scottish First Nicola Sturgeon and attend the Scottish Parliament to receive a motion of condolence and on Monday evening, the monarch will hold a vigil with other members of the royal family at St. Giles' Cathedral, where the coffin will be draped in the Royal Standard flag and the Crown of Scotland placed on top, according to PTI report.

Charles said in his declaration on being proclaimed King, “I am deeply aware of this great inheritance and of the duties and heavy responsibilities of Sovereignty which have now passed to me. In taking up these responsibilities, I shall strive to follow the inspiring example I have been set in upholding constitutional government and to seek the peace, harmony and prosperity of the peoples of these Islands and of the Commonwealth Realms and Territories throughout the world." 

(With inputs from PTI)

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