Britain’s Charles greets crowds at Buckingham Palace

Britain’s new monarch King Charles III was given a rapturous welcome as he greeted well-wishers gathered outside Buckingham Palace today after returning to London following the death of his mother, Queen Elizabeth.

It was the UK royal’s first walkabout and encounter with the public since his historic accession and crowds lined up behind a barrier clamouring to greet him, smiling and taking photos of him on their phones.

One woman leaned over to kiss Charles’s right hand and another kissed him on the cheek as he thanked people for their good wishes, shaking countless hands after stepping from his state Bentley.

His wife Camilla, now titled as his queen, followed at a distance behind him, before joining his side to view the large collection of brightly coloured floral bouquets left in tribute to his mother.

Shouts of “God Save the King” went up, along with three cheers, for Britain’s new head of state, dressed in mourning black suit and tie, who smiled and waved at the mass of people.

King Charles is preparing to hold his first audience with British Prime Minister Liz Truss ahead of delivering a televised address to his subjects in mourning at 6pm today.

Thousands of tributes have been left for the late Queen Elizabeth

The Queen’s former homes of Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle and Balmoral continue to attract thousands of people wanting to pay their respects to the late monarch, with hundreds of bouquets, personal notes and candles being placed in her honour.

Charles and his wife Camilla view tributes left outside Buckingham Palace today

Details of Charles’ historic Accession Council, which will be held tomorrow at 10am in St James’s Palace, were announced by Buckingham Palace.

It will be televised for the first time in its history, showing the late queen’s eldest child being formally proclaimed as Britain’s monarch and Charles making his declaration and oath.

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A Principal Proclamation will be read in public for the first time by the Garter King of Arms in the open air from the balcony overlooking Friary Court at St James’s an hour later at 11am.

It will be followed by a flurry of proclamations including in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales at midday on Sunday.

Prince William is also travelling back to Windsor to be with his family ahead of the Accession Council, which he will attend.

Charles and Camilla made the poignant journey from Balmoral today, where the queen died peacefully on Thursday at the age of 96, arriving at RAF Northolt in west London at around 1.35pm.

Tributes continue to be paid to the woman described by Liz Truss as the “rock on which modern Britain was built”, with the Dalai Lama expressing his “deep sadness” over the queen’s death in a letter to Charles.

He stated: “Your mother lived a meaningful life with dignity, grace, a strong sense of service and a warm heart, qualities we all should treasure.”

Charles has already turned his hand to his duties. He gave the order that a period of “Royal Mourning” for the queen will be observed in Britain from now until seven days after her funeral.

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