King Charles to address the nation at 6pm in first speech as new monarch

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King Charles III will address the nation for first time as monarch at 6pm tonight, it was been confirmed.

The announcement came during a special sitting at the House of Commons.

Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle confirmed that the house will break at 6pm for the address, but will return to sitting shortly afterwards so that tributes can continue to be made to the Queen, who died yesterday (September 8), aged 96.

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It is not yet known exactly what King Charles will say during his maiden speech, but experts have said throughout today (September 9) that it will be focussed on dedicating his life to public service.

The Parliamentary session began with new Prime Minister Liz Truss paying tribute to Her Majesty.

“We have witnessed the most heartfelt outpouring of grief”, she said.

“Crowds have gathered, flags have been lowered to half-mast, tributes have been sent from every continent around the world.

"On the death of her father King George VI, Winston Churchill said the news had stilled the clatter and traffic of 20th century life in many lands.

“Now 70 years later in the tumult of the 21st century life has paused again. Her late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II was one of the greatest leaders the world has ever known.”

She was followed by Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer.

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He said: "She did not simply reign over us, she walked alongside us.

"Covid closed the front doors of every home in the country, but she was able to reach beyond that and reassure us and steer us at a time when we were most alone.

"She held the nation close in a way no one else could have done.

"For that, we say thank you."

The special session will continue until 10pm, and will also take place tomorrow – despite it being a rare occasion for Parliament to sit on a Saturday.

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