King Charles III told Parliament on Monday (12) that he is "resolved to faithfully
follow" the example of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, addressing lawmakers and
colleagues in what he described as "the living, breathing instrument of our democracy."
In a ceremony at Westminster Hall, the oldest parliament building, Charles used his address to the upper and
lower houses of parliament to pay tribute to his mother and promise to uphold the principle of constitutional government.
"At a very young age, her late Majesty pledged to serve her country and her people and uphold
the precious principles of constitutional government that lie at the heart of our nation.
This vow she upheld with unsurpassed devotion," he told the assembled legislators and members of the peerage.
"She has set an example of selfless duty that, with God's help and her counsel, I am resolved to follow faithfully," the new monarch said.
"As Shakespeare says of the former Queen Elizabeth, she was 'a pattern to all living princes,'" he added.