The new King Charles III. has arrived in Scotland. Television pictures showed how a machine with the British monarch and his wife Queen Camilla landed at the airport in the Scottish capital Edinburgh. The jet had taken off from Northolt Air Force Base in north-west London just under an hour earlier.
In Edinburgh, the king wants to accompany other members of the royal family in a funeral procession in the afternoon to escort the coffin of his mother Queen Elizabeth II from the royal residence, the Palace of Holyroodhouse, to St. Giles Cathedral. A service is then planned there, as well as a wake in the evening.
Messages of condolences at Parliament in London
The arrival of the royal couple was accompanied by fanfares before Charles and Camilla were each seated on a throne. After speeches by the two parliamentary presidents, the speakers of the two chambers, the visibly moved Charles turned to the parliamentarians.
"God save the King"
"Parliament is the living and breathing instrument of our democracy," said Charles, who described the Queen as "my darling late mother." Charles said he wanted to follow his mother's lead in upholding "the precious principles of constitutional government that underpin our nation." At the end, the national anthem "God save the King" was sung.