NewsRoyal couple accepts condolences

Royal couple accepts condolences

Created: 09/12/2022 Updated: 09/12/2022, 12:35 p.m

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King Charles III and his wife Camilla at Westminster Hall. © Stefan Rousseau/PA Pool/AP/dpa

King Charles III and his wife Camilla are expected at a funeral procession in Edinburgh today. But before that, the royal couple had an important appointment in London.

London – King Charles III. (73) and his wife Camilla (75) received the condolences of the British Parliament at a ceremony in London on Monday morning. The two were received by MPs from the Houses of Commons and Houses of Lords in Westminster Hall, where the coffin of the late Queen Elizabeth II is to be laid out on Wednesday.

The arrival of the royal couple was accompanied by fanfares before Charles and Camilla were each seated on a throne. After speeches by the two parliamentary presidents, the speakers of the two chambers, the visibly moved Charles addressed the parliamentarians.

„God save the King“

“Parliament is the living and breathing instrument of our democracy,” said Charles, who described the Queen as “my darling late mother.” Charles said he wanted to follow his mother’s lead in upholding “the precious principles of constitutional government that underpin our nation.” At the end of the day, the national anthem “God save the King” was sung.

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“My darling late mother”: King Charles III. gives a speech in Westminster Hall. © John Sibley/Reuters Pool/AP/dpa

After the ceremony, Charles and Camilla plan to travel to Edinburgh. The king leads a funeral procession there in the afternoon, which is to lead from the royal residence, the Palace of Holyroodhouse, to St. Giles Cathedral. According to British media, Charles and other members of the royal family are said to be making the journey on foot. The royals then attend a church service. The Scots then have 24 hours to say goodbye to the Queen in the church.

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