King Charles was left visibly overwhelmed by the greeting he received upon returning to Buckingham Palace, a lip reader has claimed.
Charles – who will now be known as King Charles III – returned to London from Balmoral this afternoon (September 9) after news broke yesterday that Queen Elizabeth II had passed away.
A statement from Buckingham Palace said that the monarch had died “peacefully” and is believed to have been accompanied by her eldest son.
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After Prince Harry left the Queen’s Scottish residence alone this morning, Charles was escorted back to Buckingham Palace with his wife Camilla, and was met by huge crowds at the royal gates.
The incoming monarch could be seen greeting royal fans, and speaking exclusively to the Daily Star, lip reading expert Jeremy Freeman said the monarch was overwhelmed by the response to his loss.
Passing along the long line of members of the public, Charles could reportedly be seen mouthing: “It’s marvellous to see this.”
As the royal thanked the royal watchers, one woman was even brave enough to attempt a kiss with the King.
According to the lip reader, the former Prince of Wales responded: “Bless you, thank you, pleased to meet you.”
In another instance, Jeremy suggested that Charles even appeared to recognise the flag of one attendee, mouthing the name of the country being represented in the gathering of mourners.
Having now settled back into Buckingham Palace, Charles is expected to give a televised address this evening, as well as meeting with current Prime Minister Liz Truss.
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Following the end of the Queen’s 70-year reign, the nation has entered a period of mourning, which has led the Premier League and other events to cancel fixtures in tribute to the late Queen.
This comes after experts examined the health of the country’s new monarch, following the release of pictures that appeared to show Charles with red and swollen fingers.
Dr Gareth Nye told the Daily Star that Charles’ appearance could be down to fluid retention, or possibly arthritis, which is a common condition in people over the age of 65.
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