King Charles III and Queen Consort Camilla honored the late Queen Elizabeth II throughout a ceremony at Parliament the place the couple sat on the throne for the primary time as the brand new rulers of England.
The monarch, 73, and his spouse, 75, met with 900 members of Parliament at Westminster Hall on Monday, September 12, to obtain their formal condolences following the loss of life of his mom. According to the Guardian, the couple entered the corridor to a fanfare of trumpets, earlier than taking their seats on the throne on the head of the room. Charles additionally appeared to get visibly emotional as the gang sang United Kingdom’s nationwide anthem, “God Save the King”.
During his first deal with to Parliament as king, Charles thanked them for paying tribute to “the late sovereign, my beloved mother, the Queen,” earlier than promising to “follow” in her footsteps throughout his personal reign. “As I stand here today, I cannot help but feel the weight of history, which surrounds us,” the sovereign stated whereas addressing the connection between the royal household and the Houses of Parliament.
“While very young, her late Majesty pledged herself to serve her country and her people and to maintain the precious principles of constitutional government which lie at the heart of our nation,” Charles continued. “This vow, she kept with unsurpassed devotion. She set an example of selfless duty which with God’s help and your counsels I am resolved faithfully to follow.”
Charles’ speech comes within the midst of the queen’s journey to Westminster Hall, the place her coffin will lie in state later this week. She died on Thursday, September 8, on the age of 96.
“I … solemnly pledge myself throughout the remaining time God grants me to uphold the constitutional principles at the heart of our nation. And wherever you may live in the United Kingdom or in the realms and territories across the world and whatever may be your background or beliefs, I shall endeavor to serve you with loyalty, respect, and love as I have throughout my life,” Charles — who assumed the throne following his mom’s loss of life — stated in his first deal with to the nation the next day.
The king has been visibly emotional within the days following her loss of life and was photographed wiping away tears whereas arriving at Buckingham Palace on Friday, September 9. He additionally seemed to be overcome with emotion whereas greeting mourners exterior the palace gates later that day.
“To my darling mama, as you begin your last great journey to join my dear late papa, I want simply to say this, thank you,” Charles stated in his first speech as king. “Thank you for your love and devotion to our family and to the family of nations you have served so diligently all these years. May flights of angels sing thee to thy rest.” He was formally declared king on Saturday, September 10.
Queen Elizabeth, who was the longest reigning monarch in fashionable historical past, will obtain a state funeral, which features a procession by way of Edinburgh, London and Windsor. Shortly after Charlies addressed Parliament, the primary procession — from the Palace of Holyroodhouse to St. Giles’ Cathedral within the Scottish capital — started. Her coffin was accompanied on the journey by Charles’ sister, Princess Anne.
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