Crowds erupt into ‘God save the King’ as emotional Charles III greets the public in his first walkabout – as some of the overwhelmed public steal a kiss from the blushing monarch
- King Charles III and Queen Consort Camilla touched down at Northolt around 1.30pm after leaving Balmoral
- Made the journey to Buckingham Palace in a vintage Rolls-Royce, with huge crowds cheering their arrival
- A statement was released by ‘His Majesty The King’ on the passing of his mother the Queen at 96 last night
- Said the loss of Her Majesty will be ‘deeply felt throughout the country, the Realms and the Commonwealth’
- King met Prime Minister Liz Truss this afternoon, before making a televised speech to the nation at 6pm
- Mourners are beginning to take their seats in St Paul’s Cathedral for the service of prayer and reflection
King Charles III was greeted by kisses and shouts of ‘God Save the King’ at Buckingham Palace today as he received a rapturous welcome from thousands of well-wishers during the first royal walkaround of his reign.
Huge crowds cheered as the visibly emotional sovereign arrived in a vintage Rolls-Royce alongside Camilla, the Queen Consort, before he got out and began shaking hands with countless members of the public waiting behind a barrier.
In moving scenes less than 24 hours after the death of his mother the Queen, shouts of God Save the King broke out before an impromptu rendition of the National Anthem, with the words changed for the new monarch.
“And He changes the times and the seasons; He removes kings and raises up kings; He gives wisdom to the wise And knowledge to those who have understanding.” Daniel 2:21
Onlookers shouted three cheers for Charles as one woman leaned over to kiss him on the hand and another asked ‘Can I kiss you?’ before pecking him on the cheek. Others reached out holding red roses for the King as the Queen Consort followed behind at a distance before joining her husband at his side to view the floral tributes left outside the gates.
The King was heard telling well-wishers, ‘Thank you so much, it’s so kind, it really is’, ‘God bless you’ and ‘I’ve really dreaded this day’ during the 15-minute walkabout. One woman shouted to him, ‘We love you King Charles and we loved your mum’.
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