Thousands more grieving and tearful Britons head to Buckingham Palace, Windsor and Balmoral


Great Britain is united in grief following the death of Her Majesty The Queen, with tens of thousands of people seen flocking to Buckingham Palace to pay their respects ahead of King Charles III being formally proclaimed as the monarch.

Members of the public have continued to gather at the palace gates this morning with tens thousands of bouquets, personal notes and candles left in her honour.

King Charles attended St James’s Palace at 10am today for a historic ceremony where he met with the Accession Council. Privy Counsellors will then gather without Charles and proclaim him King before he takes an oath. 

Trumpeters played at 11am as the public proclamation of a new sovereign was read from Friar Court balcony by the Garter King of Arms. Union flags are going back up to full mast at 1pm and remain there for 24 hours. The new King will later hold audiences with Prime Minister Liz Truss and her Cabinet.

And on the first official day of mourning for the late Queen Elizabeth II, Britons have continued to show their affection for Her Majesty after her death aged 96 on Thursday evening.

A huge mound of floral tributes has built up outside the gates, while Tower Bridge was last night lit up in purple in honour of Britain’s longest-reigning monarch.

This morning palace gardeners were seen removing bunches of flowers off the gates and moved them to Green Park, presumably to leave space for the public to continue to get as close as they can to the King and Queen’s new home as the nation comes to terms with the Queen’s death. 

Great Britain is united in grief following the death of Her Majesty The Queen, with tens of thousands of people seen flocking to Buckingham Palace to pay their respects ahead of King Charles III being formally proclaimed as the monarch (scenes at Green Park this morning) 

Members of the public have continued to gather at the palace gates this morning with hundreds of bouquets, personal notes and candles left in her honour (an emotional mourner pictured last night)

Members of the public have continued to gather at the palace gates this morning with hundreds of bouquets, personal notes and candles left in her honour (an emotional mourner pictured last night) 

This morning palace gardeners were seen removing bunches of flowers off the gates (pictured) and moving them to Green Park, presumably to leave space for the public to continue to get as close as they can to the King and Queen's new home as the nation comes to terms with the Queen's death

This morning palace gardeners were seen removing bunches of flowers off the gates (pictured) and moving them to Green Park, presumably to leave space for the public to continue to get as close as they can to the King and Queen’s new home as the nation comes to terms with the Queen’s death

Members of the public walk through flowers, balloons and tributes left by mourners outside Buckingham Palace that have been moved to Green Park

Members of the public walk through flowers, balloons and tributes left by mourners outside Buckingham Palace that have been moved to Green Park

Yesterday King Charles arrived at Buckingham Palace with his wife and Queen Consort Camilla after flying down to RAF Northolt from Aberdeen and they were given a rapturous welcome welcomed to a sea of well-wishers greeting him with kisses and shouts of 'God Save the King'. Pictured, Green Park this morning

Yesterday King Charles arrived at Buckingham Palace with his wife and Queen Consort Camilla after flying down to RAF Northolt from Aberdeen and they were given a rapturous welcome welcomed to a sea of well-wishers greeting him with kisses and shouts of ‘God Save the King’. Pictured, Green Park this morning

Early today children have been seen laying flowers as they visit the late Queen's residence, with sweet drawings attached to the bouquets and palace gates

Early today children have been seen laying flowers as they visit the late Queen’s residence, with sweet drawings attached to the bouquets and palace gates

One drawing shows the Queen with a colourful dress on, love hearts surrounding her and the words 'best Queen Elizabeth II', 'you are the best Queen ever!' and the Her Majesty's date of birth to date of death. It was signed by Mila, age seven

One drawing shows the Queen with a colourful dress on, love hearts surrounding her and the words ‘best Queen Elizabeth II’, ‘you are the best Queen ever!’ and the Her Majesty’s date of birth to date of death. It was signed by Mila, age seven

A woman reacts to the heartfelt tributes laid outside Buckingham Palace and Green Park this morning as people continue to flock to the royal residences

A woman reacts to the heartfelt tributes laid outside Buckingham Palace and Green Park this morning as people continue to flock to the royal residences

Pictured on Saturday morning, members of the public have arrived in their thousands to continue paying their respects to the royal family after the Queen died on Thursday afternoon

Pictured on Saturday morning, members of the public have arrived in their thousands to continue paying their respects to the royal family after the Queen died on Thursday afternoon

Yesterday King Charles arrived at Buckingham Palace with his wife and Queen Consort Camilla after flying down to RAF Northolt from Aberdeen and they were given a rapturous welcome welcomed to a sea of well-wishers greeting him with kisses and shouts of ‘God Save the King’.

The King was heard saying, ‘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’. 

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 Balmoral this morning, mourners continued to arrive at the Queen’s residence in Balmoral, where a park-and-ride is now in place to smoothen out the steady flow of people coming to the Scottish estate to pay their respects.

A young girl called Olivia told Sky News that she remembers seeing Buckingham Palace when she went to London on a family holiday: ‘I think she was there but we didn’t get inside.

‘I remember when I was in school and it was the Jubilee, learning loads about the Queen, colouring in, doing ‘I spy’ worksheets to find the corgis. We learnt that she’s been on the throne for 70 years.’

Her father Graham added: ‘I thought it was a good opportunity to come and say thank you, pay our respects. The Queen has always been there every day since I’ve been alive like most of the nation so it’s a fitting time to say thank you.

‘We’re quite local as well so it’s something good for the kids to remember as well, thinking back in another 70 years.

Flowers and tributes flood Green Park today after the news of Queen Elizabeth's death sinks in across Great Britain

Flowers and tributes flood Green Park today after the news of Queen Elizabeth’s death sinks in across Great Britain

Well-wishers headed to Green Park in central London to take in the atmosphere as the park gets covered in tributes for Her Majesty The Queen

Well-wishers headed to Green Park in central London to take in the atmosphere as the park gets covered in tributes for Her Majesty The Queen

Flowers have been placed around a tree in and in lines around Green Park after being moved from Buckingham Palace by gardeners, presumably to make space for more well-wishers

Flowers have been placed around a tree in and in lines around Green Park after being moved from Buckingham Palace by gardeners, presumably to make space for more well-wishers

Staff moved the flowers placed outside Buckingham Palace to Green Park (pictured) to allow for more room for visitors to stop by at the royal residence

Staff moved the flowers placed outside Buckingham Palace to Green Park (pictured) to allow for more room for visitors to stop by at the royal residence

Children's drawings and posters were displayed amongst the flowers laid for the Queen in Green Park on Saturday

Children’s drawings and posters were displayed amongst the flowers laid for the Queen in Green Park on Saturday

The area outside Buckingham Palace was flooded with people this morning as tributes continue to be paid to the late Queen

The area outside Buckingham Palace was flooded with people this morning as tributes continue to be paid to the late Queen

eoAnother, again signed by seven-year-old Mila, Margot, age five, and Theo, eight months, shows the Queen with a golden crown and a rainbow surrounding her with the title 'Our beautiful Queen'.

People left candles, Paddington bear toys and signs reflecting on the life of Her Majesty after her death on Thursday afternoon

A Paddington Bear toy was attached to the palace railings with the tag 'Queen of Today' wrapped onto it

A Paddington Bear toy was attached to the palace railings with the tag ‘Queen of Today’ wrapped onto it

‘I think she [The Queen] was very proud of mentioning Scotland, having Balmoral here and the likes of King Charles as well. Very proud to have them so close on our doorstep.’

Several families were seen in Balmoral this morning, with the royal residences of the UK expected to see more visitors this weekend as parents bring their children to see a moment in history. 

Early today children have been seen laying flowers as they visit the late Queen’s residence, with sweet drawings attached to the bouquets and palace gates.

One drawing shows the Queen with a colourful dress on, love hearts surrounding her and the words ‘best Queen Elizabeth II’, ‘you are the best Queen ever!’ and the Her Majesty’s date of birth to date of death. It was signed by Mila, age seven.

Another, again signed by seven-year-old Mila, Margot, age five, and Theo, eight months, shows the Queen with a golden crown and a rainbow surrounding her with the title ‘Our beautiful Queen’.

Mina Parmar-Shah, 34, from Harrow, north west London, brought flowers to lay outside the palace gates this morning.

She said: ‘I’ve followed the royal family my whole life so when the Queen died it was quite upsetting really, so I needed to come down and pay my respects.

‘As a woman, she ruled for 70 years and that’s a huge thing to have, especially because when she became Queen it was more of a man’s world so that’s a huge part of what she represents to me.

‘I have always respected the Queen and had a love for the royal family.’

Thousands of bouquets and tributes were laid at the top of the long walk by Windsor Castle, pictured at 9am this morning

Thousands of bouquets and tributes were laid at the top of the long walk by Windsor Castle, pictured at 9am this morning

Members of the public continued to arrive at Windsor Castle this morning following the death of the Queen on Thursday

Members of the public continued to arrive at Windsor Castle this morning following the death of the Queen on Thursday

The flowers on Long Walk by Windsor Castle were removed last night - but by 9am this morning plenty more had been placed out of respect for Her Majesty

The flowers on Long Walk by Windsor Castle were removed last night – but by 9am this morning plenty more had been placed out of respect for Her Majesty

People left messages of sympathy for the Queen and the royal family at Windsor Castle following her death on Thursday

People left messages of sympathy for the Queen and the royal family at Windsor Castle following her death on Thursday

Lots of people arrived at Windsor Castle this morning after the passing of the Queen and the new King's speech last night, paying their respects with bunches of flowers, drawings from children and to reflect on the nation's loss

Lots of people arrived at Windsor Castle this morning after the passing of the Queen and the new King’s speech last night, paying their respects with bunches of flowers, drawings from children and to reflect on the nation’s loss

Metal railings were put up on the Long Walk by Windsor Castle to keep the tributes organised as people continue to arrive and pay their respects

Metal railings were put up on the Long Walk by Windsor Castle to keep the tributes organised as people continue to arrive and pay their respects

The Windsor Castle estate erected a sign for well-wishers leaving flowers which read: 'Your flowers are greatly appreciated. It may be necessary to move your flowers, if so, they will be placed in a secure area outside St George's Chapel or along Cambridge Drive. All messages and cards will be kept safely for the Royal Family to read'

The Windsor Castle estate erected a sign for well-wishers leaving flowers which read: ‘Your flowers are greatly appreciated. It may be necessary to move your flowers, if so, they will be placed in a secure area outside St George’s Chapel or along Cambridge Drive. All messages and cards will be kept safely for the Royal Family to read’

Flowers, tributes, Union Jack flags and soft toys are left outside Windsor Castle after the Queen's death on Thursday

Flowers, tributes, Union Jack flags and soft toys are left outside Windsor Castle after the Queen’s death on Thursday

Melanie Knight, 54, from Tunbridge Wells, Kent was struggling to hold back tears as she paid her respects to the Queen outside Buckingham Palace on Saturday morning.

She said: ‘I’m really emotional. We just needed to be here. She’s the one constant that’s always been and it’s really strange.

‘I went up in my attic yesterday specifically to find Brownie memorabilia from when I was a Brownie because I remembered I pledged my allegiance to serve the Queen and God and I’ve never ever thought about it until yesterday, but I went and photocopied the Brownie prayer and a photo of when I saw the Queen at the Essex country fair and posted it on Instagram.’

She added: ‘It’s so surreal. This just seems such a big thing.’

Ms Knight said she was concerned about the future of the royal family, saying: ‘It’s scary because you’re worried about what will happen to the monarchy. Fundamentally this is what the United Kingdom is – the monarchy – and there are people who want to destroy it.

‘This is our history and it should be our future.’

On Thursday evening after the announcement of Her Majesty’s death at 6.30pm, two rainbows appeared over Buckingham Palace, brightening up the gloomy grey skies which loomed over London for most of the day.

Royal park staff last night began closing the area around the Victoria memorial outside Buckingham Palace.

Metal railings were placed in front of the entrance to the memorial as staff asked members of the public to leave yesterday evening.

Members off the public lay floral tributes for Queen Elizabeth II, as others look on, outside the gates of Balmoral Castle in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, on Saturday

Members off the public lay floral tributes for Queen Elizabeth II, as others look on, outside the gates of Balmoral Castle in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, on Saturday

A man looks at the floral tributes as well as balloons, letters and Paddington Bears laid for Queen Elizabeth II after her death at Scottish residence Balmoral Castle (pictured), Scotland

A man looks at the floral tributes as well as balloons, letters and Paddington Bears laid for Queen Elizabeth II after her death at Scottish residence Balmoral Castle (pictured), Scotland

The same was done on the Long Walk outside Windsor Castle, where despite flowers being removed overnight, reappeared in their thousands as people continued to head towards the royal residences across the UK.

The Windsor Castle estate erected a sign for well-wishers leaving flowers which read: ‘Your flowers are greatly appreciated.

‘It may be necessary to move your flowers, if so, they will be placed in a secure area outside St George’s Chapel or along Cambridge Drive. All messages and cards will be kept safely for the Royal Family to read.’

Thousands of mourners remained outside Buckingham Palace last night as more arrived to soak up the atmosphere this morning.

Ten-year-old Mia and her mother Lindy, who are from Wimbledon, went to the Palace in London this morning to lay a poster she made, which read ‘We will miss you, your Majesty’ from the sixth form pupils at Rutherford School, where Lindy works.

Andy Bow, 57, from Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, went to Buckingham Palace on Saturday.

The armed forces veteran said: ‘I’m just completely bereft really. I served the Queen while I was in the Army for 14 years. She just means so much to me, she’s everything.

Flowers and messages for Queen Elizabeth II are seen at the gates outside Buckingham Palace on Friday evening

Flowers and messages for Queen Elizabeth II are seen at the gates outside Buckingham Palace on Friday evening

Queen Elizabeth II was Britain's longest-reigning monarch and a rock of stability across much of a turbulent century (pictured, Buckingham Palace on Friday evening)

Queen Elizabeth II was Britain’s longest-reigning monarch and a rock of stability across much of a turbulent century (pictured, Buckingham Palace on Friday evening)

Mourners place flowers and messages for Queen Elizabeth II at the gates outside Buckingham Palace on Friday evening

Mourners place flowers and messages for Queen Elizabeth II at the gates outside Buckingham Palace on Friday evening

A woman prays beside thousands of flowers in front of Buckingham Palace on Friday evening after the Queen's death

A woman prays beside thousands of flowers in front of Buckingham Palace on Friday evening after the Queen’s death

‘She’s the mother of our nation I think. I, along with the vast majority of everybody here, are a little bit lost and not sure what’s going to happen so I just felt I had to come down and pay my respects for the last time.’

Louise and Andrew Falconer, 63 and 62, from Watford, believe the King will be a different monarch from his mother. Mr Falconer said: ‘He’ll have different attitudes, different ideas.’

Mrs Falconer added: “I think he’ll be a bit more modern. He might have to watch what he says sometimes. It’ll be interesting. We’re a modern society.’

When the new King arrived to a warm welcome at the palace yesterday, film director Raynald Leconte, 47, who is from New York, said he was lucky enough to speak to the King and Queen Consort. ‘It was quite a moment,’ he said.

‘I said, ‘condolences’. He said, ”really, really thank you very much”. And to his wife I wished her good luck and she said, ”thank you very much”. I think she said, ”I’ll need it”.’

Mother of three Stella Johnson said: ‘I think he will be wonderful, and I just wanted to come here to see him. This is really a historic moment and I wanted to make sure I did not miss it.’

Further back in the crowd, a former Guardsman, who asked not to be named, gave the crowd a running commentary as he was tall enough to see over the crowds and pick out Charles as he met mourners.

The King (pictured yesterday) must turn to his duties as monarch despite his grief, and has held his first in-person audience with Prime Minister Liz Truss at Buckingham Palace

The King (pictured yesterday) must turn to his duties as monarch despite his grief, and has held his first in-person audience with Prime Minister Liz Truss at Buckingham Palace

The new king thanked people for their good wishes, shaking countless hands after stepping from his state Bentley on Thursday afternoon)

The new king thanked people for their good wishes, shaking countless hands after stepping from his state Bentley on Thursday afternoon)

A visibly emotional Charles pauses to look at floral tributes to his mother that have been left outside the gates of Buckingham Palace

A visibly emotional Charles pauses to look at floral tributes to his mother that have been left outside the gates of Buckingham Palace 

He also talked them through the protocol of the Guards who had assembled in the Palace forecourt to salute the new King as he made his way into the Palace, where he has held his first audience with Prime Minister Liz Truss.

One of the first to offer words of support to the new King was Laura Ohmona. She said after shaking hands with Charles: ‘I said to him ‘sorry for your loss’ and he said ‘thank-you’.’ 

Also among the crowds at Buckingham Palace was retired Ammar Al-Baldawi, 64, from Hertfordshire, who said: ‘It was impressive, touching, a good move to come out to the crowds.

‘I think that’s where the royal family needs to communicate with the people now. These are true loyalists here and it’s nice to see him back in post, taking charge of the family and the Crown, which is reassuring.’ 

Colin Hennessy, 52, said: ‘It’s great to see the King. You can see he’s very emotional but he was very grateful to everybody here. He thanked as many people as he could as he walked by.’  

Joyce Curtis, 72, from Jersey, said: ‘I just wanted to be here. It was great. I have respect for him. He walked all the way along to see the people and back to see the flowers. It is what the people wanted to see, which is great.’ 

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