Mourning his mom. King Charles IIIAt Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral on Monday September 19, he paid his last respects.
The new monarch, 73 years old, rode to Westminster Hall together with his eldest child. Prince WilliamWith this, he was pictured ahead of the procession towards Westminster Abbey. Prince HarryFollow closely in a car behind you Peter Phillips. Queen Consort CamillaIn the meantime, he rode to the church in his own car. Princess KatePrince George and Princess Charlotte
After exiting his vehicle, the Duke of Sussex, 38, joined his father and the Prince of Wales, 40, at the entrance to Westminster Hall, then followed the queen’s coffin for the short procession. Harry and William walked next to each other behind the king’s siblings, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew Prince Edward. Andrew, 62, and Harry wore morning suits because they were not allowed to wear military uniforms.
The former Prince of Wales became king immediately following his mother’s death at age 96 on September 8. Though his coronation will likely not be held for some months, Charles was officially proclaimed monarch during a meeting of the accession council at St James’s Palace on September 10.
“It is my most sorrowful duty to announce you to the death of my beloved mother, the queen,” he said during his address. “I know how deeply you, the entire nation — and I think I may say the whole world — sympathize with me in the irreparable loss we have all suffered.”
On September 9, the new king was visibly emotional when he arrived at Buckingham Palace, his first visit since taking the throne. In one photograph, the former Duke and Duchess of Cornwall was seen shedding a tear as he and Camilla arrived in Buckingham Palace. After greeting mourners outside her former home, he wiped his eyes again and paid tribute to the queen.
Days before the funeral, the royal family thanked the public for their support following the queen’s passing. “His Majesty The King and the Royal Family wish to send their sincere gratitude for the messages of condolence received from around the world,” read a Thursday, September 15, statement share via the family’s official Instagram account. “The Royal Family has been deeply moved by the global response and affection shown for The Queen as people join them in mourning the loss of Her Majesty.”
A confidential insider revealed this information earlier in the month Us WeeklyCharles relies on William and his wife as he deals with the loss and new role as King.
“King Charles calls Camilla his ‘tower of strength,’” the source explained. “[He]He says she makes him a better person. This is obviously a challenging time for him as he transitions into a new era without his beloved mother and he’s incredibly emotional.”
The U.K. native has also been “working closely” with the Prince of Wales, 40, as he considers the future of the monarchy. “[Charles] knows he’ll never outshine the queen and doesn’t expect to, but he does plan to make a difference in his own, unique way,” the insider added.