March 28, 2023

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King Carlos III appeared before members of Parliament for the first time

Charles III’s message at Westminster (Reuters)

New King Charles iiiThe 73-year-old, who addressed the British parliament for the first time on Monday, said he “feels the weight of history” after his mother’s death in a ceremony that united both chambers at Westminster.

As I stand before you today, I cannot help but feel the weight of history enveloping us and reminding me of the important parliamentary traditions to which members of both Houses are so devoted.”, he said before representatives of the House of Commons and the House of Lords.

Honorable Honorable Members of the Council, Today we meet to commemorate The Queen’s remarkable length of service to her country and people. At a very young age, His late Majesty pledged to serve his country and people and uphold the precious principles of constitutional government that lie at the heart of our nation.“, he added.

Furthermore, he quoted Shakespeare to speak of the queen, who he noted was “an example to all living princes.”

Carlos confirmed that he would rule “dispassionately” with respect for “constitutional principles” as his mother Elizabeth II had done.

John McFall and Lindsey Hoyle provide news of the houses to King (Reuters).
John McFall and Lindsey Hoyle provide news of the houses to King (Reuters).

The message was in response to earlier condolences to him from the House of Lords (above), John McFall, and the House of Commons (below), Lindsay Hoyle, in the Westminster Hall building.

Lord McFall of Alcluith, speaking on behalf of the House of Lords, paid tribute to the late Queen’s “humility and integrity”. “The cheerful, unceasing and reassuring presence of our late Majesty made it difficult to see any end to that kind of long and inspiring reign of deep and unparalleled devotion,” he said. He also pledged his loyalty to the King and said he felt “honoured and honoured” to welcome him to Parliament.

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Sir Lindsay Hoyle later spoke on behalf of the House of Commons, offering condolences to the King and his family. “While our pain is deep, we know yours is deep. We offer our deepest condolences to you and the entire royal family,” he said.

Elizabeth II’s coffin, which will be moved to St Giles Cathedral in the next few hours, will lie in state at Westminster Hall from Wednesday night until her funeral on Monday.

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