King Charles III will head to Parliament: MPs urgently called in for special joint address

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King Charles III will head to Parliament: MPs urgently called in for special joint address

The King is set to receive an address from both Houses of Parliament in Westminster Hall at 10.30am on Monday. The new Monarch, who was proclaimed

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The King is set to receive an address from both Houses of Parliament in Westminster Hall at 10.30am on Monday. The new Monarch, who was proclaimed today, will be accompanied by his Queen Consort Camilla, appearing in the Palace of Westminster for the first time since his mother Queen Elizabeth II’s death on Thursday.

The last time King Charles appeared in Parliament – on May 10 this year – was as the Prince of Wales. Deputising for his mother at the State Opening of Parliament, Charles sat on the Royal throne in the House of Lords to read out the programme of the Government in the Queen’s speech.

On Monday, September 12, he will be attending for the first time as Sovereign, appearing in the oldest part of Parliament, Westminster Hall, which is steeped in history and where his mother will shortly lie in state as did his grandmother the Queen Mother and his grandfather King George VI before.

Sir Winston Churchill’s body also lay in State there in 1965.

Westminster Hall is the scene of joint addresses to the two Houses of Parliament and a place where peers and MPs can both congregate.

It is also the scene of where his namesake, King Charles I, was infamously put on trial and condemned to execution after the English Civil War in 1649.

The Scottish leader William Wallace and the Catholic Martyr St Thomas Moore were also tried in Westminster Hall.

Famous leaders who have addressed the two Houses in Westminster Hall include Barack Obama, Nelson Mandela, Pope Benedict and on a number of occasions the late Queen Elizabeth II.

Tradition prevents the Monarch from entering the House of Commons because of King Charles I decision to enter with soldiers and attempt to arrest four MPs in 1642.

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The King, who as Prince of Wales took an active interest in Parliament and famously wrote many personal letters to ministers with his thoughts on policies, has wasted little time in getting to know his new Government.

After swearing their new oaths of allegiance, Prime Minister Liz Truss introduced him to her Cabinet.

Ms Truss, who only became PM on Tuesday in one of the final acts of the late Queen Elizabeth II, was the only minister in her government confirmed in office.

One of the early tasks of the new King was to approve the seals of office.

The King also met with Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer, who is His Majesty’s Leader of the Official Opposition, a post which exists in the British constitution.

He will join Liz Truss by visiting Scotland on Monday afternoon, Northern Ireland on Tuesday and Wales on Friday next week.

A spokesman said: “He and the Queen Consort will receive formal addresses from the Lord Speaker and Speaker of the House of Commons and then the King will reply.”

A minister said: “All MPs have been ordered to attend on Monday.”



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