King Charles III addresses the British Parliament for the first time

King Charles III and Queen Consort Camilla received condolences from the presidents of the two chambers in the morning of Monday, September 12 at Parliament in London. Charles III addressed the British Parliament for the first time as sovereign and head of state, saying he felt “the weight of history” and want to follow ” The example “ of her mother Elizabeth II, at the start of a week of farewell to the sovereign.

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“As I stand before you today, I cannot help but feel the weight of history that surrounds us and reminds us of the vital parliamentary traditions to which Members of both Houses dedicate themselves with such personal commitment to the good for all of us”the 73-year-old king said in a short speech, followed by the British anthem.

He claimed his mother was “an example of devotion which, with God’s help and your guidance, I am determined to follow faithfully”.

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Funeral wake for the royal family

King Charles III and Queen Consort Camilla were to fly next to Edinburgh and proceed first to the Royal Palace of Holyrood, where the Queen’s body is. A procession will join Saint-Gilles Cathedral, which will be joined by the King and Queen Consort, walking behind the hearse. The coffin will arrive there in the early afternoon for a religious ceremony scheduled for 4 p.m. local time (5 p.m. Paris time), followed by a private funeral wake for the royal family in the evening.

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Earlier the King will have met Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and visited the Scottish Parliament for a condolence session. From the end of the afternoon, the public will be able to come and pray in front of the coffin, which will rest in the cathedral until the next day.

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The World with AFP

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