King Charles III walked out to greet mourners outside Buckingham Palace after the death of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II.


King Charles III greets mourners as he arrives at Buckingham Palace in London, Friday, September 9, 2022.

King Charles III greets mourners as he arrives at Buckingham Palace in London, Friday, September 9, 2022.AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth

  • King Charles III welcomed mourners outside Buckingham Palace as they arrived on Friday.

  • Many people shook hands and took pictures, but one woman kissed the king and another gave him flowers.

  • His mother, Queen Elizabeth II, died Thursday at the age of 96, leaving her eldest son to take the throne.

King Charles III greeted mourners outside Buckingham Palace as he returned to London following the death of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II.

The Queen died Thursday at her home in Balmoral at the age of 96.

Large mourners gathered outside Buckingham Palace to welcome the new king, who arrived Friday morning.

As his car pulled up at the palace, the crowd cheered, and as Charles and Queen Camilla stepped out of the car, some chanted, “God save the king.”

Charles then went straight to the public, shaking hands and talking to the assembled mourners.

Most people simply shook hands with the King and took pictures and videos, but one woman leaned over and kissed Charles’ hand.

Another woman handed Charles a bouquet. A man tried to hand Charles a microphone for an interview, but his security team wouldn’t allow it.

Charles took the time to have a few conversations with some of the crowd.

Camilla did not accompany the king while he strolled along with the crowd. However, when he arrived at the palace gates, she joined him again.

The two then walked into Buckingham Palace together.

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