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

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The new King is making the address in the exact same place where his mother with lie in state from Wednesday.

The historic hall, which is the oldest part of the Parliamentary estate and dates back to 1097, was packed as politicians gathered to hear from the new monarch.

All those in attendance are dressed in sombre clothing as they continued to pay their respects to the death of the Queen.

Addresses to MPs and peers in Westminster Hall are relatively rare.

In her 70 years on the throne, Queen Elizabeth II only addressed both Houses on five occasions.

Former US President Barack Obama and South African President Nelson Mandela are among others to have been given the rare honour of speaking in Westminster Hall.

Ahead of the address, Liberal Democrat leader Sir Ed Davey described the King’s appearance in Parliament as a moment of “reflection” and “great sadness”.

He told Sky News: “It’s a part of Westminster which is resplendent with history.

“I think we’ll all be very proud – proud of our country, proud of our amazing monarchy.”

Following his morning’s address at Parliament, the King will now travel to Scotland to inspect a guard of honour at the Palace of Holyroodhouse before attending a ceremony of the keys on the forecourt.

At the Palace, the King will hold audiences with First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and, separately, Alison Johnstone, Scottish Parliament’s presiding officer.

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