Less than 24 hours after the death of The Queen was announced, King Charles and the Queen Consort returned to London.
The couple made their way to Buckingham Palace, prior to a meeting with UK Prime Minister Liz Truss who came into office earlier this week.
As the Monarch and his wife arrive outside the palace in London, the couple got out of the car to greet the public who had been placing flowers and messages at the walls of the palace.
Looking visibly upset following the devastating news, Charles was greeted by cheers as he worked his way along the barriers to greet well-wishers. The warmth from the crowd was reciprocated, as the new King looked pleased and smiled as spoke to the public amid shouts of ‘God Save the King’.
The crowds shouted three cheers for Charles, as a woman leaned over to kiss him on the hand and another woman kissed him on the cheek.
In line with royal mourning, King Charles III and the Queen Consort wore black. Charles was dressed in mourning black suit and tie, whilst Camilla wore a black dress.
The couple then reunited at one end of the palace gates as they worked they way down to the main entrance and viewed the tributes that had been left following the Queen’s death.
As the new King and Queen Consort walked through the main entrance of Buckingham Palace, a bugler sounded.
King Charles III released his first statement yesterday, which read as follows:
‘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.’
‘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.’