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King Charles III and Queen Consort Camilla have been spotted leaving Balmoral and are believed to be en route to London before addressing the nation this evening.
The King was pictured in the back of a car, with the Queen in the front passenger seat, as they were driven in convoy over the River Dee towards Ballater.
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The nation’s new monarch, King Charles III has said a period of “Royal Mourning” for the Queen will be observed from now until seven days after her funeral.
Charles is due to return to London later on Friday from Balmoral with the Queen as the first full day of his reign begins.
The couple stayed overnight at the former monarch’s Scottish residence after the Queen died “peacefully” aged 96 at her home on Thursday afternoon.
Members of the royal family had rushed to the Queen’s bedside as her health failed. Her children – the Princess Royal, Duke of York and Earl of Wessex – travelled to Balmoral, as did the Duke of Cornwall and Cambridge, Countess of Wessex and Duke of Sussex.
Senior royals will have duties to perform in Scotland in the coming days when the Queen’s coffin begins its journey back to the capital but Harry was spotted leaving Balmoral on Friday morning.
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The Sussexes, who were coming to the end of a whistle-stop visit to Europe when the Queen died, are expected to stay in the UK to attend the Queen’s state funeral, likely be held on September 19.
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II died peacefully on Thursday, aged 96, surrounded by her family.
The Queen reigned over the United Kingdom since 1952 and is the country’s longest-serving monarch., and news of her death saw crowds flock to royal premises in a spontaneous outbreak of grief.
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Crowds last night gathered at Buckingham Palace to pay tributes and lay flowers – as preparations are made for the late Queen's funeral.
Her son Charles, the former Prince of Wales, is now King and his wife Camilla Queen Consort.
All the Queen’s children rushed to Balmoral – her favourite home where she traditionally spent summer – after doctors became `concerned' for her health.
Buckingham Palace said: “The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon. The King and The Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral this evening and will return to London tomorrow.”
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