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A nation meets its new King: Crowds greet Charles III and Queen Consort Camilla at Buckingham Palace
9 September 2022, 11:34 | Updated: 9 September 2022, 16:12
A grief-stricken Charles and Queen Consort Camilla greeted crowds as they arrived at Buckingham Palace following the Queen's death.
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There were cheers from the crowds as the King's state Bentley arrived at the gates of the Palace on Friday.
He stepped from the car to greet the hundreds of well-wishers gathered outside.
Charles shook hands with countless members of the public lined up behind a barrier, thanking them for their good wishes.
Camilla appeared close to tears at the end of the 15-minute walkabout after the couple shook every outstretched hand and acknowledged words of sympathy from the crowds.
The Queen's son and successor left Balmoral shortly after 11am en route to Aberdeen airport, where he flew to RAF Northolt.
The King was pictured in the back of a car, with the Queen Consort in the front passenger seat, as they were driven in convoy over the River Dee towards Ballater.
They landed at RAF Northolt shortly after 1pm and travelled to Buckingham Palace, ahead of meeting with Prime Minister Liz Truss.
One of the first to offer words of support to the new King was Laura Ohmona.
She said after shaking hands with Charles: "I said to him 'sorry for your loss' and he said 'thank-you'."
Among the crowds at Buckingham Palace, retired Ammar Al-Baldawi, 64, from Hertfordshire, said: "It was impressive, touching, a good move to come out to the crowds.
"I think that's where the royal family needs to communicate with the people now.
"These are true loyalists here and it's nice to see him back in post, taking charge of the family and the Crown, which is reassuring.
"Just seeing a glimpse of him gives you the sense we were there at that moment.
"I'm sure he wants to be on his own to think about his mother but he's doing his duty."
Film director Raynald Leconte, 47, who is from New York, said he was lucky enough to speak to the King and Queen outside Buckingham Palace.
"It was quite a moment," he said.
"I said, 'condolences'. He said, 'really, really thank you very much.
"And to his wife I wished her good luck and she said, 'thank you very much'.
"I think she said, 'I'll need it'."
King Charles and the Queen Consort spent Thursday night at the estate following the death of the 96-year-old monarch, who Charles described as a "cherished sovereign and a much-loved mother".
In a tribute, King Charles III, wrote: "The death of my beloved Mother, Her Majesty The Queen, is a moment of the greatest sadness for me and all members of my family.
The King and Queen travel to London from Balmoral
"We mourn profoundly the passing of a cherished Sovereign and a much loved Mother.
"I know her loss will be deeply felt throughout the country, the Realms and the Commonwealth, and by countless people around the world.
"During this period of mourning and change, my family and I will be comforted and sustained by our knowledge of the respect and deep affection in which The Queen was so widely held."
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The Queen died with Charles and Anne at her bedside on Thursday afternoon as the rest of her family raced across the country to say their goodbyes.
The Queen's four children - Charles, Anne, Andrew and Edward - as well as her grandsons Harry and William, flew to Scotland as soon as Buckingham Palace announced she was under "medical supervision".
But her two eldest children were the only ones to make it to Balmoral before she died, according to the MailOnline.
The paper said the pair had already been in Scotland and so were able to reach the estate in time to say goodbye.
Meanwhile, Prince William, Prince Andrew, Prince Edward and Sophie Wessex landed at Aberdeen airport at 3.50pm.
However, Prime Minister Liz Truss was informed of the Queen's death at 4.30pm.
The 73-year-old King will address the nation at 6pm this evening.
He has announced weeks of mourning, with royal members mourning until the funeral - expected to be in about 10 days' time - and a further seven after it takes place.
The Duke of Sussex was pictured leaving Balmoral around 8.30am before he got on a British Airways plane at Aberdeen International Airport, after he travelled to Scotland alone.
The other royals are understood to still be at the Scottish estate consoling one another.