London. – Excited, with the weight of a great responsibility on it, but at the same time, with a face that reflects the satisfaction of fulfilling a dream.
appeared as King Charles III This morning, when on his first visit as emperor to Parliament, a place with centuries of history, he reassured that he is “Determination to follow the example of selfless duty” of his dead mother.
A day that would be for him and the Queen wife, Camilla, a very long and dense afternoon—they would be accompanied by a procession of the Queen’s coffin at the funeral chapel in Edinburgh—was once again a setting worthy of great moments, tradition and history. filled with With the fanfare of trumpets congratulating his arrival, honor the guards, the famous “meat eaters“Or the flesh-eaters, as they call the ceremonial patrons of the Tower of London, dressed in red and gold, with hats and wigs and ceremonial costumes with immense symbolism.
it all happened in history Westminster Hall, one of the largest halls in England, the seat of the English monarchy from the 11th century to the early 16th century. It is one of the oldest buildings on the complex, known for its magnificent wooden beam ceilings and has been defined as one of the greatest works of medieval carpentry.
In the same place where the trials of William Wallace (1305), Thomas More (1535) and Charles I (1649) took place in the Middle Ages, King Charles felt in his brief speech “The Weight of the Story”, And, once again, he promised to follow the example of his idolatrous and grieving mother, by Upholding the “Precious Principles of Constitutional Governance” which is the basis of the British political system. “She was an example of a selfless duty that, with God’s help and your advice, I solemnly pledge to follow”blessed Assurance.
As he did in his first address to the nation, he quoted the bard again: “As Shakespeare said of the former Queen Elizabeth, she was a model for all living princes,” he said. And later he highlighted the importance of Parliament as “the living instrument of our democracy”.
before “speakers” The House of Lords and the House of Commons respectively read out condolence speeches, in which they highlighted Constitutional Monarchy as a Symbol of Stability, With words of sorrow and admiration, the two praised Elizabeth II – who died last Thursday at the age of 96 after more than 70 accessions to the throne – and her “The Long and Inspiring Reign”. And he remembered every time he went to that historical place. For the last time, in 2012 for her Diamond Jubilee, which marked her 60-year reign. He also highlighted his sense of duty and sense of humour. Finally welcoming the new king, he pledged his complete allegiance.
At that time, the king and the queen’s wife—he in a jacket and that in a simple black dress with pearls around her neck—heard them sitting on two thrones placed in the center of the vast hall, where until Wednesday The burning chapel of Isabel II will be installed.
The ceremony was held there—a hall where Winston Churchill’s funeral chapel was also held in 1965—because Monarchs are not allowed in the House of Commons, This rule dates back to the 17th century, when King Carlos I attempted to enter and arrest the legislators. Because of that confrontation between Parliament and the Taj a The civil war ended with the beheading of the king in 1649.
After two speeches of condolence, which he heard from time to time with a sad face, also excited, but apparently happy at last, as King, after decades of waiting, Carlos gave a brief reply.
“I am deeply grateful for the sympathetic greetings from the House of Lords and the House of Commons, which poignantly summarized what our last Sovereign, my dear mother, the Queen, means to all of us. “
There was no applause, but there was ceremonial silence of great occasions at Westminster Hall, which was full of MPs and Lords dressed in black, some in wigs. These included former Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his successor Liz Truss.
And the program ended with the national anthem, of course. in the new version of God save the king.
The first visit as monarch to parliament was the first appointment of a very long day for the new monarch, who would later flew with Camilla to Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland, There he will be accompanied by his mother’s coffin this afternoon in a procession along the “Royal Mile” from Holyrood Royal Palace to St Giles’ Cathedral, where his mother’s first funeral chapel will be installed, whose coffin will return to London tomorrow afternoon by plane . , for the second great chapter of his historical farewell.