A visibly emotional King Charles III. vowed on Monday to follow his late mother’s lead on “selfless duty” – and spoke of feeling the “weight of history” as he addressed lawmakers from both houses of Parliament in London for the first time as monarch.
During a ceremony in Westminster Hall, Charles praised Parliament as a “living and breathing instrument of our democracy”.
“As I stand before you today, I cannot help but feel the weight of the history that surrounds us and that reminds us of the vital parliamentary traditions to which members of both houses devote themselves with such personal dedication for the good of all,” he said.
Hundreds of MPs and colleagues crowded the 1,000-year-old Hall of the Houses of Parliament for the lavish service, where lawmakers and dignitaries offered their condolences to the King on the loss of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II.
A trumpet fanfare greeted the king and his wife Camilla, the queen consort, both dressed in black, as they entered the majestic hall and made their way to two gilded thrones to cries of “God save the King!”
Charles told members of the House of Commons and House of Lords that he would follow his late mother, Queen Elizabeth II, in upholding the principles that underpin Britain’s political system.
“At a very young age, Her late Majesty pledged to serve her country and her people and uphold the worthy principles of constitutional government that are at the heart of our nation. She has kept that vow with unmatched dedication,” he told the assembled lawmakers and peers, including Prime Minister Liz Truss and her predecessor Boris Johnson.
“She has set an example of selfless devotion to duty which, with God’s help and your advice, I will faithfully follow,” added the king. “As Shakespeare says of the late Queen Elizabeth, she was ‘an exemplar to all living princes.'”
The Hall, with its magnificent hammerbeam roof, is the oldest part of the Parliament complex – a remnant of the medieval Palace of Westminster that once stood on this site.
The ceremony took place at Westminster Hall because monarchs are not allowed to enter the House of Commons. This rule dates back to the 17th century when King Charles I attempted to invade and arrest the legislature.
This confrontation between the Crown and Parliament led to a civil war that ended in the king’s beheading in 1649.
The Queen died at Balmoral Castle on Thursday aged 96, sparking a period of national mourning as tens of thousands of Brits are expected to pay their respects.
The new King will fly to Edinburgh later on Monday to be with the Queen’s flag-draped coffin, which rests in the Scottish capital.
The King will walk behind his mother’s coffin as it is slowly transported from Holyroodhouse to St Giles’ Cathedral, where the Crown of Scotland will be placed on the coffin before a service of prayer and reflection on life and the unprecedented 70th anniversary becomes reign of the widely revered queen.
The Queen’s coffin will lie in the cathedral for 24 hours, giving the public a chance to come and pay their respects.
On Tuesday it will be flown to London, where the coffin will be on display in the Houses of Parliament Palace from Wednesday afternoon until the morning of the funeral on September 19.
Authorities have already issued rules and guidelines for people wishing to pay their respects in London, with a 5 mile line expected.
Following his visit to Scotland, Charles embarks on a tour of the other nations that make up the United Kingdom – visiting the Northern Irish capital of Belfast on Tuesday and Wales on Friday.
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