King Charles III has arrived at Buckingham Palace, London, personally greeting dozens of well-wishers who welcomed him with shouts of “God save the King!”
The 73-year-old monarch, known to generations of Britons as the Prince of Wales for so long, greeted the crowds warmly, shaking hands and at one point even accepting a kiss on the cheek from mourners who had come to pay their respects to the new sovereign and his late mother, Queen Elizabeth II.
Kiss for a King.
King Charles greeted mourners for more than 10 minutes outside Buckingham Palace.
One woman appeared to ask him if it was ok to kiss him.
When His Majesty said yes, she planted one on his cheek.
— Gareth Davies (@GD10) September 9, 2022
The King was joined by the Queen Consort, Camilla, formerly the Duchess of Cornwall, in meeting the crowds, with the royal pair taking over ten minutes to try and personally interact with as many members of the public as possible before making a brief tour of the many floral tributes left for his predecessor.
Many clutched smartphones in their hands, though the King’s bodyguard chided them to put the devices down and “enjoy the moment”.
In the coming hours, King Charles is expected to hold an audience with Prime Minister Liz Truss, who became the fifteenth person invited to form a government by the late Queen, who worked right to the end, just days ago.
He will also record an address to the nation and the wider Commonwealth, which, as of the time of publication, is expected to be broadcast around 6 p.m.