Pictures of King Charles in Westminster Hallon September 12, 2022 at 10:37 am

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King Charles III addresses both Houses of Parliament for the first time as monarch.

Ceremony in Westminster HallImage source, BEN STANSALL/AFP

At Westminster Hall, which is where the Queen’s coffin will lie in state later this week, the speakers from both Houses of Parliament – Sir Lindsay Hoyle and Lord McFall – addressed the King on behalf of MPs and peers.

Yeomen of the Guard in the hall


Royal guards walk in Westminster Hall,

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Ahead of the arrival of the monarch, about 900 MPs and peers, including Prime Minister Liz Truss and Labour leader Kier Starmer, gathered in the hall.

Prime Minister Liz Truss sit with Labour Party leader Keir Starmer

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Former prime minister Boris Johnson was also in attendance.

Former British Prime Minister Boris Johnson

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A trumpet fanfare welcomed King Charles and the Queen Consort.

King Charles III and Britain's Camilla, Queen Consort arrive

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King Charles III

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Lord McFall of Alcluith welcomed the King and Queen Consort to Parliament. He said Queen Elizabeth II was both “a leader to – and a servant of – the people”.

He added that she possessed “commitment, kindness, humour and courage, as well as the deep faith that was the anchor in her life”.

King Charles III and the Queen Consort listen to Speaker of the House of Lords Lord McFall of Alcluith

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Commons speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle said the loss of the Queen is felt across the UK and the entire Commonwealth, “which she did so much to nurture”.

“Deep as our grief is, we know yours is deeper,” he added.

Following his address, Mr Hoyle passed his speech to King Charles.

Speaker of The Commons Lindsay Hoyle walks past Camilla, Queen Consort to hand a document to King Charles III

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Replying, King Charles III said he cannot help but feel the weight of history which surrounds those in Westminster Hall and “reminds us of vital Parliamentary traditions, to which MPs and peers dedicate themselves”.

Britain's King Charles III, flanked by Britain's Camilla, Queen Consort, speaks during the presentation of Addresses

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King Charles III

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King Charles and Queen Camilla

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Following the ceremony, King Charles III and Camilla, the Queen Consort, are flying to Edinburgh, where the King will walk behind the Queen’s coffin from the Palace of Holyroodhouse to St Giles’ Cathedral.

King Charles III and Camilla, Queen Consort are seen departing the Houses of Parliament

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