Charles III Addresses Parliament for the First Time as King
The ceremony was an important one in cementing the relationship between the two bodies
Standing at a gilded lectern beneath the medieval timber ceiling of Westminster Hall, King Charles III addressed both houses of Parliament for the first time as sovereign and head of state of the United Kingdom on Monday, referencing "the weight of history, which surrounds us," and commending Parliament as "the living and breathing instrument of our democracy."
The ceremony was an important one in cementing the relationship between the king and the Parliament, where true power lies in Britain's constitutional monarchy.
The new king said he was "deeply grateful" for the condolences — given by the speakers of the House of Commons and House of Lords — which "so touchingly encompass what our late sovereign, my beloved mother, the queen meant to us all."
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