King Charles prepares to lead procession in Edinburgh after address to Parliament


ing Charles will lead a poignant procession behind the coffin of his mother in Edinburgh on Monday afternoon after he spoke of the “weight of history” as he addressed Westminster Hall in his first visit to Parliament as sovereign.

The King said: “As I stand before you today, I cannot help but feel the weight of history which surrounds us and which reminds us of the vital parliamentary traditions to which members of both Houses dedicate yourselves with such personal commitment, for the betterment of us all.”

He quoted William Shakespeare as he described his mother’s legacy.

He told MPs and peers: “As Shakespeare says of the earlier Queen Elizabeth, she was ‘a pattern to all princes living’.”

Afterwards the new monarch headed to Scotland where the Queen will be taken from the Palace of Holyroodhouse to nearby St Giles’ Cathedral where her family, and a congregation drawn from all areas of Scottish society, will attend a service of thanksgiving for her life.

Members of the public will be able to view the coffin to pay their respects for 24 hours before it is taken to London ahead of a period of lying in state.

Later in the evening, the King and other members of his family, likely his siblings, will mount a vigil at the cathedral in honour of their mother.

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Duke of Sussex remembers ‘commander in chief’ granny making him smile at passing out parade

The Duke of Sussex has recalled the sweet memory of how his “Commander-in-Chief” Granny made him smile and blush during his Sandhurst passing out parade.

The Queen, who was head of the Armed Forces, inspected the rows of new cadets when Harry was commissioned as an officer in the British Army in 2006.

In his written tribute to the late monarch on Monday, Harry described their “first meeting” in his earliest military role.

“Granny, while this final parting brings us great sadness, I am forever grateful for all of our first meetings – from my earliest childhood memories with you, to meeting you for the first time as my Commander-in-Chief, to the first moment you met my darling wife and hugged your beloved great-grandchildren,” he said.

He spoke of her “infectious smile” and said “I cherish these times shared with you, and the many other special moments in between”.

He was thought to be referring to the time 16 years ago, when as a newly commissioned 21-year-old officer, he gave his grandmother a huge grin as she stopped to talk to him at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in Camberley, Surrey.

She was thought to have delivered a witty quip to him as she reviewed the cadets on the parade ground and spotted him in one of the rows.


Pictured: King Charles and Queen Consort Camilla inside Westminster Hall

King Charles and Queen Consort Camilla sit inside Westminster Hall

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Crowds could be ‘target for terrorism’

She told BBC Radio 4’s World At One programme: “London could potentially be full. We are expecting to have people queuing for 12, 15 hours at a time just to file past the coffin, which is a real concern because crowds attract criminals”.

She said it could be busier than it was for the 2012 Olympic Games or for the funerals of the Queen Mother and Diana, Princess of Wales.

“I don’t ever remember London expecting to be full in this way, even with the Olympics,” she said.

“The crowds themselves will be a target for terrorists. The funeral itself will be a target for terrorists”.

She added: “All the services are going to be stretched and with the queues that are going be right across central London, you could have streets that are going to be quite difficult to walk down.”

Crowds gathering in London for the Queen’s funeral could be a “target for terrorists”, former Met Police chief superintendent Parm Sandhu has warned.


William and Harry will not take part in procession

The new Prince of Wales and his brother the Duke of Sussex will not take part in the procession that will follow the Queen’s coffin as it is moved from the Palace of Holyroodhouse to Edinburgh’s St Giles’ Cathedral later on Monday.

The Queen’s children will take the lead, with Charles joined by the Princess Royal, Earl of Wessex and Duke of York.

Crowds on the Royal Mile

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The royal siblings will walk in a line behind the hearse carrying their mother’s coffin and a few steps behind will by Anne’s husband Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence.

Following in a car will be the Queen Consort and the Countess of Wessex.


First changing of the guard held

The first changing of the guard has taken place since King Charles III was named as Britain’s new monarch on Saturday.

Number 7 Company The Coldstream Guards formally handed over duties to Number 12 Company Irish Guards in simultaneous ceremonies that were held on the forecourt of Buckingham Palace and St James’s Palace in central London on Monday.

It is also the first time there has been a changing of the King’s Guard at the royal palaces for 70 years.

A member of F Company Scots Guards swelters in the heat during the Changing of the Guard ceremony on the forecourt of Buckingham Palace (Victoria Jones/PA)

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To mark the historic occasion, just one piece of music was performed as opposed to the usual running mix of regimental marches and pop music.

The Band of the Scots Guards played The King’s Guard March, which was composed in 1904, as it led the new guard from Wellington Barracks until they arrived at the gates of Buckingham Palace.

The Ministry of Defence said it was “only fitting” the Coldstream Guards were involved with Monday’s event as they are the same regiment who ensured the Restoration of the monarchy in England in 1660, placing King Charles II on the throne.

The exchange of duties took place as crowds of mourners continued to arrive at Buckingham Palace to pay their respects to the Queen.


Gun salute fired for King and Queen Consort

A gun salute was fired from Edinburgh Castle moments after the King and the Queen Consort arrived in the Scottish capital.

A 21-gun salute by the 105 Regiment Royal Artillery at Hillsborough Castle, Belfast, to mark the Proclamation of Accession of King Charles III (Brian Lawless/PA)

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London to face unprecedented travel demand

London will experience “unprecedented travel demand” in the coming days as people visit the capital to pay their respects to the Queen, transport bosses warned.

Public transport users are being advised that the city will be “exceptionally busy” and they should expect Tube stations to temporarily close to avoid overcrowding.

Planning journeys in advance using the latest information “will be essential”, according to a joint statement by Network Rail, Transport for London and industry body the Rail Delivery Group.

The organisations said: “As Her Majesty’s coffin travels to London to lie in state at the Palace of Westminster, it is expected that we will see unprecedented travel demand in the capital, especially from Wednesday 14 September.

“Transport providers have well-developed plans with extra staff and services coming on-stream to help people get to where they need to be.”


Reshuffle on hold while mourning period continues

The Government will continue with the remaining ministerial reshuffle once the period of mourning for the Queen comes to an end, Downing Street said.

The Prime Minister’s official spokesman was asked if Liz Truss’s reshuffle remained incomplete, following the death of the Queen.

“I think that the vast majority has been done. There are still a small number of appointments still to be done.

“Obviously they will be done in due course but outside of the mourning period.”

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