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King Charles III leads procession in Edinburgh after speaking to Parliament

BY: BBC
King Charles III leads procession in Edinburgh after speaking to Parliament
King Charles III leads procession in Edinburgh after speaking to Parliament

King Charles III has received condolences from MPs and peers and has arrived in Scotland, where the Queen is lying at rest.

Edinburgh crowds wait to pay respects

  1. Crowds outside St Giles

    There are crowds as far as the eye can see here on the Royal Mile in Edinburgh - a sense of comfort in gathering together.

    People of all ages have been queuing along the metal barriers outside St Giles’ Cathedral since before 06:00 as they wait to pay their respects to the Queen.

    They include thousands of people who have travelled far and wide to witness this moment in history.

    Viola Henkenhaf, 18, booked her trains and accommodation as soon as Her Majesty’s death was announced on Thursday. The teenager has travelled from south-west Germany. She didn’t want to miss this opportunity to convey her feelings.

    She tells me how important the Queen was to her generation - and the emotional toll her passing has taken on her and her friends.

    Viola Henkenhaf
    Image caption: Viola Henkenhaf has travelled to Edinburgh from south-west Germany

    King lands at Edinburgh Airport

    Plane arriving in Edinburgh

    An update on King Charles III’s journey to Edinburgh - the monarch and Camilla, the Queen Consort, have just touched down at Edinburgh Airport.

    The pair will now head to the Palace of Holyroodhouse in the city, where - together with a band of drums - a guard of honour from the Royal Regiment of Scotland will greet them.

    After that, it’ll be time for the Ceremony of the Keys - where Charles is ceremonially handed the keys to Edinburgh.

    King Charles III

    At 73, King Charles was the longest-serving heir to the throne.

    In his address to the nation and Commonwealth on Friday following the death of his "darling Mama" Queen Elizabeth II, he spoke of a desire for continuity.

    "Our values have remained, and must remain, constant," he said.

    But what will that mean for the former Prince of Wales, who has dedicated so much of his time and energy to his beloved charities and to issues such as climate change?

    Now King, Charles has pledged to uphold the "relationship and responsibility towards the Church of England - the Church in which my own faith is so deeply rooted".

    His duty to "hold in the greatest respect the precious traditions, freedoms and responsibilities of our unique history and our system of parliamentary government" was also mentioned in his speech.

    Charles has become head of the Commonwealth, an association of 56 independent countries and some 2.4 billion people. For 14 of these countries, as well as the UK, the King is head of state.

    He is set to continue his mother's commitment to this group of nations, meeting Commonwealth leaders at Buckingham Palace shortly after his accession to the throne.