The new king Charles III has promised this Monday to the Parliament of the United Kingdom continue with the constitutional commitment of Elizabeth II, passed away last Thursday. “Parliament is the living and breathing instrument of our democracy,” she said.
Around 10:19 a.m. (11:19 a.m. in Spain), Carlos III arrived accompanied by the queen consort, Camila, and was received in Westminster Hall, the oldest room in the palace.
Then and after accepting a motion of condolence from both chambers, the monarch has promised to reign in a “disinterested” way as his mother did and with respect “for constitutional principles”.
“Standing here before you today, I cannot help but feel the weight of history that surrounds us and reminds us of the crucial parliamentary traditions to which members of both houses devote themselves with such personal commitment,” the king continued in his speech. , after listening to the politicians.
For their part, the Speaker of the House of Lords, John McFall, and the Speaker of the UK House of Commons, Lindsay Hoyle, praised the work “of leadership and service” of his late majesty and have pledged allegiance to the new monarch.
Elizabeth II was “a patron to all living princes”
The figure of Isabel II has also been remembered by King Carlos III, who, quoting William Shakespeare in Henry VIIIhe has praised as “a patron for all living princes”.
The queen “committed herself to serve her country and her people and to uphold the cherished principles of constitutional government that are at the heart of our nation,” she continued. For her son, Elizabeth II “set an example of selfless duty” that he intends to follow “faithfully.”
Hoyle has also highlighted the sense of loss experienced by the entire United Kingdom, other British territories and Commonwealth countries. “As deep as our pain is, we know that his is even deeper,” he told Carlos III.
The King addresses the Scottish Parliament
After fulfilling their commitments in London, Charles III and his wife have flown to Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland. There they will go to the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the seat of the Scottish Parliament, the monarch will inspect the guard of honor.
Edinburgh is the first destination of the Carlos III tour of the four nations that make up the United Kingdom and also the place to which Elizabeth II’s coffin has been moved from Balmoral this Sunday.
The king will attend a prayer and reflection service for the life of Elizabeth II at Saint Giles Cathedral on Monday before meeting with Parliament. At night, Carlos III will hold a vigil in the cathedral with members of the Royal Family.
It will be on Tuesday, September 13, when the new king continues his tour and arrives in Belfast, Northern Ireland, from where he will then go to Hillsborough Castle. Three days later, on September 16, Carlos III and Camila will visit Wales, without the details of this trip being known at the moment.