Charles describes the “weight of history” in a speech to lawmakers | Policy

LONDON (AP) — King Charles III has addressed lawmakers in Parliament, telling them “I can’t help but feel the weight of history around us.”

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.”

Charles is to travel from Parliament to Edinburgh and accompany the Queen’s coffin to St. Giles Cathedral for a service of remembrance.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. AP’s previous story follows below.

LONDON (AP) — Queen Elizabeth II’s grandson Prince Harry hailed her on Monday as a “guiding compass” and praised her “unshakeable grace and dignity” as members of the public were told to have the chance to pay homage to the monarch when his coffin rests at St. Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh.

The personal statement, posted on the Archwell website from Harry and his wife Meghan, said he treasured their time together “from my earliest childhood memories with you, to your first encounter as Commander-in-Chief , until the first moment you met. my darling wife and I embraced 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. Saturday there was a possible sign of reconciliation as Harry and Meghan joined his brother Prince William and sister-in-law Catherine to meet mourners outside Windsor Castle.

Harry’s statement came at the start of another day steeped in historical pageantry and pomp following the death of a British sovereign.

King Charles III started the day by addressing lawmakers in the Parliament of London before flying to Scotland.

Hundreds of lawmakers have gathered in the 1,000-year-old Westminster Hall in Parliament for a service in which Parliament will offer its condolences to the King, and he will respond.

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

The Speakers of the House of Commons and House of Lords offered their condolences on the death of Queen Elizabeth II, and Charles will deliver a speech in response.

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 was held 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.

On Sunday, thousands of people streets and roadsides lined as the oak coffin was transported from the late Queen’s beloved Balmoral Castle summer retreat, where she died on Thursday, to Edinburgh.

The new King will fly to Edinburgh later and 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 prayer service and reflection on the 70-year life and reign of the much-loved 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.

The authorities have already issued rules and guidelines for people wanting to pay homage to 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 of them at peace.”


Follow all the AP stories about the death of Queen Elizabeth II and the British Royal Family on

Copyright 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without permission.

Comments are closed.