Members of the Royal Family view floral tributes outside Balmoral

Members of the Royal Family made their first public appearance since the death of the Queen was announced on Thursday. 

The Princess Royal, Sir Timothy Laurence, Peter Philips, Zara Tindall, The Duke of York, Princess Beatrice, Princess Eugenie, The Earl and Countess of Wessex and Lady Louise inspected flowers left by the public at the gates of Balmoral.

Members of the Royal Family including Princess Anne and The Countess of Wessex view flowers at Balmoral (@RoyalFamily)

The visit came as the members of the family made their way back from a private prayer service at Crathie Kirk.

As the Royals approached the gates, the public gave a round of applause. The family waved to them before approaching members of the public, who were keen to give their condolences to the family.

Andrew was heard talking to a member of the public and said the family have ‘been allowed one day, now we start the process of handing her on’.

Princess Beatrice with her father The Duke of York reading some of the messages with the flowers after the Queen’s death (@RoyalFamily)

Prince Andrew was seen comforting his daughter, Eugenie, as she appeared to shed a tear after seeing the tributes.

Eugenie was seen laying a bunch of flowers next to those who had already been placed by the gate.

Zara Tindall also looked visibly upset as she viewed the tributes for her late grandmother.

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Speaking to the well-wishers who had travelled from across the country, Prince Edward said: ‘Thank you very much for coming all that way, we appreciate it.’

Member of the family spent around ten minutes reading the tributes and looking at the flowers before returning inside Balmoral Castle.

It comes as King Charles III was officially proclaimed King at the Accession Council earlier today.

Members of the Royal Family wave to the public in thanks, outside Balmoral Castle in Scotland on day two since the death of Queen Elizabeth II

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