Charles addresses Parliament for the first time as King ahead of the Queen’s final farewell to Scotland – NBC Chicago

Charles addresses Parliament for the first time as King ahead of the Queen's final farewell to Scotland - NBC Chicago
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King Charles III pledged on Monday to follow his late mother’s example of ‘selfless duty’ as he addressed lawmakers from both Houses of Parliament in London before flying to Edinburgh to be with the coffin of the late Queen as it lies in the Scottish capital. .

Earlier, Queen Elizabeth II’s grandson Prince Harry hailed her as a “compass” and praised her “unshakable grace and dignity”.

Hundreds of lawmakers crammed into the 1,000-year-old Westminster Hall in Parliament for the pageant-rich service, during which Parliament offered its condolences to the King, and he responded.

A trumpet fanfare greeted the King and his wife Camilla, Queen Consort, as they entered the hall, which was packed with hundreds of lawmakers.

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 “precious principles of constitutional governance” that underpin Britain’s political system.

He paid tribute to his mother, saying, “As Shakespeare said of Queen Elizabeth, she was a model for all living princes.”

The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II is on its way to the Scottish capital, where it will rest in the throne room of Holyroodhouse until Monday afternoon

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 the site.

The ceremony took place in Westminster Hall as monarchs are not permitted inside the House of Commons. This rule dates back to the 17th century, when King Charles I attempted to enter and arrest legislators. This confrontation between the crown and Parliament led to a civil war that ended with the beheading of the king in 1649.

Earlier on Monday, a personal statement posted on the Archwell website from Harry and his wife Meghan said he cherished their times together “from my earliest childhood memories with you, to meeting you for the first time in as Commander-in-Chief, until the first moment you met my darling wife and hugged your beloved great-grandchildren.

Amid acrimony at the House of Windsor, Harry quit as senior royal and moved to the United States two years ago. There was a possible sign of a reconciliation on Saturday as Harry and Meghan joined brother Prince William and sister-in-law Catherine to meet mourners outside Windsor Castle.

The national outpouring of grief continued on Sunday as thousands lined the streets and roadsides as the oak coffin was carried from the late Queen’s beloved Balmoral Castle summer retreat , where she died on Thursday, in Edinburgh.

Later on Monday in Edinburgh, 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 the life and 70 years of reign of the widely cherished monarch.

The Queen’s coffin will rest at the cathedral for 24 hours, giving members of the public a chance to parade and pay their respects. On Tuesday he will be flown to London where the coffin will be displayed in the Palace of Parliament 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 long queue expected.

After visiting Scotland, Charles is embarking on a tour of the other nations that make up the UK – he visits Northern Ireland’s capital Belfast on Tuesday and Wales on Friday.

Harry’s statement ended on a poignant note alluding to the death last year of his grandfather Prince Philip, saying that “We too smile knowing you and grandfather are together now. , and both at peace.”

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