A smiling King Charles III shook hands with some amidst thousands of well-wishers who are gathered outside Buckingham Palace Friday while he returned to London after the death of his mother Queen Elizabeth II.
King Charles and Queen Consort Camilla acknowledged the ecstatic crowd as they shout “God save the King” of the reworded national anthem. Upon sighting the King and the Queen Consort, the royal standard was raised for the first time in Charles’s reign, as the new monarch and Camilla inspected bouquets of flowers left on the palace fence by members of the public, before entering their new London home.
The royal couple had been visiting the queen at her Balmoral estate in the Scottish Highlands before her death on Thursday.
Charles was due to hold an audience with Prime Minister Liz Truss, who was only appointed by the queen on Tuesday, before delivering a televised address to the nation at 6:00 pm (1700 GMT).