In the morning. While he remained largely stoic and steadfast in the days after Queen Elizabeth II’s death, King Charles III he was photographed at a rare moment in which he appeared to be visibly emotional.
On Friday, September 9, the new monarch, 73, who ascended the throne following the death of his mother on Thursday, September 8, was seen wiping away a tear as he and his wife, Queen consort Camillahe arrived at Buckingham Palace for the first time in his monarchy.
Later that morning, after greeting public mourners and watching tributes to Her Majesty outside the palace, Charles once again wiped tears from his eyes as he walked away.
Elizabeth, who died at her Balmoral estate in Scotland at the age of 96, has been honored by her eldest son several times in the days since her death.
“To my dear mom, as you begin your last great journey to join my dear late dad, I just want to tell you this, thank you,” Charles said in his first speech as king on Friday. “Thank you for his love and devotion to our family and the family of nations that you have served so diligently all these years. May flights of angels sing to you for your rest.”
prince williamCarlos’s eldest son and second in line to the throne, also paid tribute to the queen in an emotional statement shared on Saturday, September 10.
While acknowledging that the “world has lost an extraordinary leader”, the 40-year-old Duke of Cambridge noted: “I, however, have lost a grandmother. And while I will mourn the loss of her, I am also incredibly grateful. I have had the benefit of the queen’s wisdom and reassurance in my fifth decade.”
Reflecting on the time he spent as a family with his late grandmother, William expressed his gratitude that his wife, duchess katehad “20 years of his guidance and support,” while his children, Prince George, 9, Princess Charlotte, 7, and Prince Louis, 4, have created “memories [with their great-grandmother] that will last your whole life.”
He continued, “She was by my side through my happiest times and she was by my side through the saddest days of my life. I knew she would come to this day, but it will be some time before the reality of life without Grannie feels really real.”
A source revealed exclusively to us weekly that the family, in particular prince harryhe is devastated by the loss of the queen.
“The royals knew Elizabeth’s end was near, but mentally, she was as sharp as ever until it was time to go,” the source said. “All royals are struggling to come to terms with the devastating news.”
Harry, 37, who stepped down from his duties as a senior royal 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 has not fully assimilated.”
Furthermore, the source added, the Duke of Sussex is “full of guilt, full of sadness and regret that he didn’t say goodbye to the queen.” (Although Harry ran to Balmoral to be at her side, he did not arrive before she passed.)
“They ran into each other a couple of times during the Platinum Jubilee, but by no means did I expect it to be the last time I saw her,” the source said.