Charles III addresses the British Parliament for the first time before leading the procession through Edinburgh carrying the coffin of Elizabeth II

Charles III addresses the British Parliament for the first time before leading the procession through Edinburgh carrying the coffin of Elizabeth II
Lord Speaker John McFall, left, delivers a speech as Britain's King Charles III sits in Westminster Hall, where both Houses of Parliament meet to express their condolences following the death of Queen Elizabeth II , in Westminster Hall, London, Monday September 12, 2022. Queen Elizabeth II, Britain's longest reigning monarch, died on Thursday after seventy years on the throne.

King Charles III and Queen Consort Camilla received condolences from the presidents of the two chambers in the morning of Monday, September 12 at Parliament in London. Charles III addressed the British Parliament for the first time as sovereign and head of state, saying he felt “the weight of history” and want to follow ” The example “ of her mother Elizabeth II, at the start of a week of farewell to the sovereign.

In the afternoon, the monarch then led, in silence and surrounded by his brothers and sisters, the procession leading the coffin of Elizabeth II to Saint-Gilles Cathedral in Edinburgh, where it will be exposed for the first time. time to the public, at the start of a week’s farewell to the monarch.

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“As I stand before you today, I cannot help but feel the weight of history that surrounds us and reminds us of the vital parliamentary traditions to which Members of both Houses dedicate themselves with such personal commitment to the good for all of us”said the 73-year-old king in the morning during a short speech in Parliament, followed by the British anthem.

He claimed his mother was “an example of devotion which, with God’s help and your guidance, I am determined to follow faithfully”.

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Funeral wake for the royal family

King Charles III and Queen Consort Camilla then flew to Edinburgh where they first traveled to Holyrood Royal Palace, where the Queen’s body lay before it left for St. Giles Cathedral. In line, the four children of Elizabeth II followed the hearse on foot for more than a kilometer in the old town of the Scottish capital: Charles III, Princes Andrew and Edward and Princess Anne marched in rhythm, all in military uniform with the exception of Andrew, in withdrawal from the monarchy following the sexual assault charges which he ended by paying millions of dollars.

A peculiarity which confirms the exclusion of the one who has often been described as “favorite son” of Elizabeth II.

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During the religious ceremony following the procession, the crown of Scotland, in solid gold, was to be placed on the coffin. Then the remains of Elizabeth II, a symbol of stability during decades of upheaval, a planetary icon that reassured the British in times of crisis, will remain on display in the cathedral for 24 hours, which should lead to a massive influx.

The coffin of Elizabeth II is carried into Saint-Gilles Cathedral, in Edinburgh (Scotland), on September 12, 2022. (Photo Paul ELLIS / AFP)

Earlier the King will have met Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and visited the Scottish Parliament for a condolence session. From the end of the afternoon, the public will be able to come and pray in front of the coffin, which will rest in the cathedral until the next day.

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The World with AFP

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