King Charles III Appears In Parliament With Wife For First Time As King
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Charles III appeared emotional as MPs and peers stood to sing ‘God Save the King’ on his first appearance in Parliament as Britain’s monarch.
Both houses gathered this morning to honour Queen Elizabeth following her death aged 96 on Thursday.
The Speaker of the Commons spoke of how Her Majesty ‘touched lives’ across the country, while the Lord speaker noted that many somehow believed her historic reign would never come to an end.
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Addressing Parliament for the first time as Head of State, Charles quoted William Shakespeare while describing his ‘selfless’ mother’s remarkable legacy.
‘As Shakespeare says of the earlier Queen Elizabeth, she was “a pattern to all princes living”‘, he said.
He added that he ‘could not help but feel the weight of history’ as he stood in front of officials.
‘Parliament is the living and breathing instrument of our democracy’, he said. ‘That your traditions are ancient we see in the construction of this great Hall and the reminders of medieval predecessors of the office to which I have been called.