King Charles emphasises need for 'tolerance' in landmark speech amid Middle East tensions

King Charles

King Charles makes keynote speech tonight

Dorothy Reddin

By Dorothy Reddin

Published: 18/10/2023

- 21:27

Updated: 18/10/2023

- 22:51

The King an Queen attended a dinner in Mansion House tonight

King Charles emphasised rhe need for "tolerance" in a keynote speech tonight, amid rising tensions in the Middle East and mass protests in London regarding the Israel-Hamas war.

The King and Queen are at a Mansion House dinner tonight, to celebrate the monarch's first visit to the City of London in his Coronation year.

King Charles called the UK a “community of communities” in his speech, where he called for unity amid increasing tensions over the war in Israel.

The monarch warned that “the temptation to turn ourselves into a shouting or recriminatory society must be resisted”.

WATCH NOW: King Charles and Camilla step out at Mansion House

He also encouraged people to be “passionate, but not pugnacious”.

The monarch sought to calm tensions following violent protests over the bombing of a hospital in Gaza.

King Charles urged for “civility and tolerance” as well as “mutual understanding”.

He added: “Such understanding, both at home and overseas, is never more vital than at times of international turmoil and heartbreaking loss of life.”

King Charles and Queen Camilla

King Charles and Queen Camilla at Mansion House tonight


King Charles and Queen Camilla

Queen Camilla wore a gorgeous Bruce Oldfield dress


Charles's call for tolerance comes after a rise in antisemitism and mass protests over the Israel-Hamas war.

There has also been a warning from MI5 that the war between Israel and Palestine risks exporting violence to the UK.

Queen Camilla looked fantastic tonight wearing the The Girls of Great Britain and Northern Ireland tiara.

She teamed this with Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II's diamond necklace and earrings.

Queen Camilla

Queen Camilla wore Queen Elizabeth's tiara


King Charles and Queen Camilla

King Charles and Queen Camilla looked amazing tonight


In terms of her dress, Queen Camilla turned to her Coronation dress designer, Bruce Oldfield.

Oldfield was also a trusted designer for the late Diana, Princess of Wales.

The Queen additionally wore this dress earlier in the year during a state visit to Germany.

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