The 73-year-old monarch was accompanied by his wife, Queen Consort Camilla, when he visited Westminster Hall on Monday (September 10) to receive condolences from the British House of Lords and Commons in response to the death of his beloved mother last Thursday (September 8th) to accept.
In his speech, the British king quoted Shakespeare while reflecting on the 'weight of history', including the 'tangible connections' to his late mother. Charles proclaimed: 'Noblemen and Members of the House of Commons. I am deeply grateful for the condolences from the House of Lords and House of Commons which so touchingly describe what our late monarch, my beloved mother the Queen, meant to all of us. As Shakespeare said of the late Queen Elizabeth, she was 'an exemplar to all living princes.' As I stand before you today, I cannot help but notice the weight of the history that surrounds us and reminds us of the vital parliamentary traditions to which Members of both Houses have devoted so much personal effort for the good of all. Parliament is the living and breathing instrument of our democracy. Charles went on to pay tribute to the late Queen's 'unmatched devotion', saying: 'Gentlemen and Members of the House of Commons, we gather today to commemorate the Queen's remarkable span of devoted service to her nations and peoples. From a very young age, Her late Majesty pledged to serve her country and her people and uphold the precious principles of constitutional government. She kept that vow with unsurpassed devotion. She has set an example of selfless duty which, with God's help and your counsel, I will faithfully follow.'