King Charles ‘visibly moved’ hearing God Save the King for first time

King Charles III hears 'God Save the King' sung in front of him

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On Monday, with Camilla, the Queen Consort by his side, the new King looked emotional upon hearing ‘God Save the King’ sung in person for the first time. Charles took over as the reigning monarch on Thursday, following the death of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II. He headed to Parliament on Monday to receive the condolences of the Commons and the Lords in the same hall where the Queen will lie in state from Wednesday.

After the new monarch addressed Parliament for the first time and the Speaker of the House of Lords pledged his loyalty to Charles, those in attendance at Westminster Hall gathered to sing the new version of the national anthem.

Upon hearing the new version, many royal watchers spotted the monarch looking “visibly moved” in a video tweeted by @RoyalCentral.

One person, @Billiedawnk, tweeted: “Beautiful, you can see the grief on his face but at the same time a tiny sparkle in his eyes #GodSaveTheKing”.

Another, @rayanna_1975, wrote: “It has to be [a] bittersweet time for him. You can see the grief he feels”.

A third, @brigantia__, wrote: “Emotional moment”.

Another user tweeted how “his entire lifetime he’s heard and sang this for his mother”.

In a tribute to the late monarch, the King quoted Shakespeare.

“As Shakespeare said of the earlier Queen Elizabeth, she was a pattern to all princes living,” he said.

King Charles III leads Queen's coffin procession in Edinburgh

Adressing members of both Houses of Parliament, the King said that Queen Elizabeth II “set an example of selfless duty which, with God’s help and your counsels, I am resolved faithfully to follow”.

Standing in Westminster Halls, the King said that he could “feel the weight of history”.

“The tangible connections to my darling late mother we see all around us, from the fountain in New Palace Yard which commemorates the late Queen’s Silver Jubilee, to the sundial in Old Palace Yard for the Golden Jubilee.

“The magnificent stained glass window before me for the Diamond Jubilee and so poignantly, and yet to be formally unveiled, your most generous gift to her late Majesty to mark the unprecedented Platinum Jubilee which we celebrated only three months ago with such joyful hearts.”

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Queen Elizabeth II passed away “peacefully” on Thursday [September 8] afternoon.

She was 96-years-old.

King Charles’ eldest son, Prince William is next in line to the throne.

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