King Charles III greets mourners at Buckingham Palace as he makes first public appearance - 'long live the King'

King Charles III greets mourners at Buckingham Palace as hoards of well-wishers pay their respects after the death of Queen Elizabeth II

Britain's King Charles III and Britain's Camilla, Queen Consort greet the crowd upon their arrival Buckingham Palace in London, on September 9, 2022, a day after Queen Elizabeth II died at the age of 96. - Queen Elizabeth II, the longest-serving monarch in British history and an icon instantly recognisable to billions of people around the world, died at her Scottish Highland retreat on September 8.
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King Charles III greets mourners at Buckingham Palace, in his first public appearance since the death of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II aged 96, on September 8, 2022.

Queen Elizabeth II has died, at Balmoral Castle on September 8, 2022, aged 96. Following her death, her eldest son Charles is now King. An official statement from Buckingham Palace read, "The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon," adding, "The King and the Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral this evening and will return to London tomorrow."

King Charles III and Camilla, Queen Consort view floral tributes to the late Queen Elizabeth II outside Buckingham Palace on September 09, 2022 in London, United Kingdom. Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor was born in Bruton Street, Mayfair, London on 21 April 1926. She married Prince Philip in 1947 and acceded the throne of the United Kingdom and Commonwealth on 6 February 1952 after the death of her Father, King George VI. Queen Elizabeth II died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on September 8, 2022, and is succeeded by her eldest son, King Charles III.

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Within merely a day after the sad news, duty called King Charles back to London in order to finalize what happens next following Queen Elizabeth II's death. Cameras followed the royal's journey to Buckingham Palace, from Scotland.

Many were moved by the incredible scenes when the new King and his wife, the Queen Consort, took the time to meet with crowds of royal devotees. The royal couple shook hands and greeted their subjects, who'd waited to share their condolences.

Of the hundreds of people that had gathered outside the gates of Buckingham Palace, many joined to sing the national anthem, before declaring, "love live the king."

As well as greeting the large crowd, King Charles and Camilla the Queen Consort were visibly moved by the countless floral tributes left in honor of the late Queen.

King Charles III greets well-wishers as he arrives at Buckingham Palace from Balmoral following the death of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, on September 9, 2022 in London, United Kingdom.

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After the news broke, King Charles expressed the ‘greatest sadness’ of losing his mother, in a statement on behalf of the Royal Family. The statement, shared by Buckingham Palace, began, “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.” 

“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.” 

King Charles continued, “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.”

Aoife Hanna
Junior News Editor

Aoife is an Irish journalist and writer with a background in creative writing, comedy, and TV production.

Formerly woman&home's junior news editor and a contributing writer at Bustle, her words can be found in the Metro, Huffpost, Delicious, Imperica and EVOKE.

Her poetry features in the Queer Life, Queer Love anthology.

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