In mourning. Remaining steadfast and steadfast after the death of Queen Elizabeth II, King Charles III was photographed in a rare moment in which he seemed overtly emotional.
On Friday, September 9, the new monarch, 73, who ascended the throne following the passing of his mother on Thursday, September 8, was seen wiping away a tear as he and his wife Queen consort Camillaarrived at Buckingham Palace for the first time in his monarchy.
Later that morning, after greeting the mourners and viewing the tribute to Her Majesty left outside the palace, Charles once more wiped tears from his eyes as he left.
Elizabeth, who died at her Balmoral estate in Scotland at the age of 96, was honored by her eldest son several times in the days following her death.
“To my dear mother, as you embark on your last great journey to join my dear late father, I just want to say this: thank you,” Charles said in his first speech as king on Friday. “Thank you for your love and dedication to our family and the family of nations that you have served so diligently all these years. Let the flights of angels sing your repose.”
Prince WilliamCharles’ eldest son and second in line to the throne also paid tribute to the Queen in an emotional statement released on Saturday 10 September.
Acknowledging that “the world has lost an outstanding leader,” the 40-year-old Duke of Cambridge said: “However, I lost my grandmother. And while I will mourn her loss, I also feel incredibly grateful. In my fifth decade, I enjoyed the wisdom and comfort of the queen.
Reflecting on his family’s time with his late grandmother, William expressed his gratitude that his wife, Duchess Katereceived “20 years of her guidance and support” while their children, Prince George, 9, Princess Charlotte, 7, and Prince Louis, 4, created “memories [with their great-grandmother] that will last their whole life.”
He continued, “She was by my side during the happiest moments and the saddest days of my life. I knew that day would come, but it would be some time before the reality of life without a grandmother would be truly real.”
Source Exclusively Provided Us weekly that family, especially Prince Harrydevastated by the loss of the queen.
“The royals knew that the end of Elizabeth was near, but mentally she was as sharp as ever until it was time for her to leave,” the insider said. “All members of the royal family are struggling to come to terms with the devastating news.”
Harry, 37, who stepped down from his duties as a senior member of the royal family in 2020 along with his wife. Meghan Markle — was especially close to the queen.
“He loved his grandmother with all his heart and is going through a terrible time right now,” the source explained. “The news didn’t reach the end.”
In addition, the insider added, the Duke of Sussex is “guilt-ridden – full of sadness and regret that he did not say goodbye to the queen.” (Although Harry hurried to Balmoral to be by her side, he didn’t arrive before she left.)
“They dated a couple of times during the Platinum Jubilee, but by no means did he expect it to be the last time he saw her,” the insider said.