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

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 after Queen Elizabeth II's death, in Westminster Hall, London, Monday 12 September 2022. Queen Elizabeth II, Britain's longest-serving reigning monarch, died Thursday after seventy years on the throne.

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

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

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

He claimed that 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 went to the Royal Palace of Holyrood, where the Queen’s body lay before she left for St. Giles’ Cathedral. In line, the four children of Elizabeth II followed the hearse on foot for over a kilometer in the historic center of the Scottish capital: Charles III, the princes Andrew and Edward and Princess Anne marched to the rhythm, all in military uniform except Andrew, who retired from the monarchy following sexual assault allegations that ended up paying millions of dollars.

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

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

Elizabeth II's coffin is brought to Saint-Gilles Cathedral in Edinburgh (Scotland) on 12 September 2022. (Photo Paul ELLIS / AFP)

Previously, the king would have met with Scottish Prime Minister Nicholas Sturgeon and would have visited the Scottish Parliament for a condolence session. From the end of the afternoon the public will be able to come to pray in front of the coffin, which he will rest in the cathedral until the next day.

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