King Charles III revealed to a bold royal fan that kissed his hands that he "dreaded" the day his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, passed away.

The new King met with the public for the first time this afternoon, as he greeted mourners outside Buckingham Palace following the his mother's death.

One woman was bold enough to sneak a kiss of the new King's cheek, while another stooped to kiss his hands.

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And it was to the latter that he uttered heart-felt words about his mother's death. Charles was reported by the BBC to have told the lady that kissed his hands: “I have really dreaded this day”.

The Royal Standard had just been raised above the palace for the first time of his reign.

It was as onlookers shouted “three cheers for Charles” when one woman leaned over to kiss him on the hand.

The woman who pecked him on the cheek asked "can I kiss you?" according to a lip reader.

They added that the former Prince of Wales responded: “Bless you, thank you, pleased to meet you.’’

It's by no means the first time Charles has been kissed by a well-wisher. Memorably, as a young prince he was kissed by sixteen year-old Gilda Larbey during a walkabout in Perth, Australia, in November 1977.

The King had just returned to the capital at lunchtime today, after boarding a private jet at Aberdeen airport at 12:30pm.

More than a hundred well-wishers gathered at RAF Northolt in west London to watch the landing of the jet bringing him back from Scotland, marking the first time that the former Prince of Wales set for on English soil as the new King.

The Prime Minister, herself new to the job, led tributes to the late Queen in the House of Commons and said that King Charles faced an “awesome responsibility” in his new role, but praised his “profound contribution to his work on conservation, education and his tireless diplomacy”.

“We owe him our loyalty and devotion,” she said.

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