King Charles III has unveiled a plaque marking the site of the Lying-in-State of the late Queen.
The plaque is part of a tradition that stretches back to King Edward VII, although it is the first time a reigning monarch unveiled the plaque of their predecessor.
King Charles also unveiled a pair of bronze sculptures featuring the heraldic beasts of the United Kingdom, which also serve as lights.
Sir Lindsay Hoyle, Speaker of the House of Commons, said: “Seeing King Charles unveil our traditional gift to his mother, Her late Majesty, was particularly poignant. We wanted to present something long-lasting, beautiful and emblematic of the esteem with which we held our Queen to mark her Platinum Jubilee – and I believe these ornate lamps do just that.
“As they shine upon our workplace, we remember with thanks the enduring and guiding light she has been to our nation – and indeed, the whole world – for the past 70 years, and the debt of gratitude we owe.”
Lord McFall of Alcluith, the Lord Speaker, said: “It was an honour to welcome The King to Parliament today, especially for such an important occasion – to give thanks to his mother, Her late Majesty Queen Elizabeth. For 70 years, the country had been privileged to witness her commitment to constitutional monarchy and was rightfully admired for her loyalty and faithfulness to duty. These sculptures will serve as beacons to future generations, reminding them of the magnificence of her reign and the esteem in which the Queen was held.”