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Charles III in parliament. “I cannot deny that I feel the weight of history”

The new King of the United Kingdom, Charles III gave his first speech at Westminster Hall on Monday.

King Charles III gave his first speech since ascending the throne at the iconic Westminster Hall on Monday, where he addressed both houses of the British Parliament.

The moment came after speeches by various political officials, as well as a short ceremonial procession and pledges of loyalty from both chambers, which the King watched from the throne where he sat, also for the first time.

At his side remained the Queen Consort, Camilla.

The monarch began by saying, “Lords and members of the House of Commons, I am deeply grateful for the condolences given after the death of my beloved mother,” then quoting the well-known British playwright William Shakespeare to describe Elizabeth II.

“As William Shakespeare said of the first Queen Elizabeth (Elizabeth I): She was the standard for all living princes,” Charles III compared.

“Here in front of you, I cannot deny that I feel the weight of history that surrounds us and reminds us of the traditions of parliament in which members of the chambers dedicate themselves with personal sacrifice for the best of the whole of society,” he recalled, stressing in front of the MPs that “parliaments are the living instruments of democracy.”

Before ending, the monarch highlighted the service that “the Queen has given all her life to the nation and the people.” With such devotion, Her Majesty swore to serve the country and its people and to uphold the principles of the constitution […]. This vow, which she always kept with such devotion, left an example of duty which, with God’s help and your help, I am determined to follow,” he promised before hearing the new British standing hymn, “God Save The King,” played in the British parliament for the first time in 70 years.

After the short speech, the British King left parliament to go to a British air force base, where he would board a plane to travel to Scotland.

The proclamation of King Charles III as monarch of the United Kingdom was made official at the weekend by the reading of the edict, the blowing of trumpets and cannon salutes. Queen Elizabeth II died aged 96 at Balmoral Castle in Scotland after more than 70 years of the longest reign in UK history.

Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor was born on April 21, 1926, in London and became Queen of England in 1952 at the age of 25, following the death of her father, George VI, who came to reign when his brother abdicated.

After the monarch’s death, her firstborn son took over as Charles III, aged 73.

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