King Charles III was kissed on the hand by a particularly bold royal fan as he made his first appearance in front of the adoring public at Buckingham Palace.

The new monarch met with the public for the first time this afternoon, as he greeted mourners outside Buckingham Palace following the sad death of his mother yesterday.

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

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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 memorable occasion was watched by over 150,000 people on a flight tracking website.

The couple stayed overnight at the former monarch’s Scottish residence after the Queen died “peacefully” aged 96 at her home on Thursday afternoon.

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

Now, as king, he can expect a more formal greeting when he meets with the Prime Minister, Liz Truss, this afternoon before making his first speech as King at 6pm.

The Prime Minister, herself new to the job, led tributes to the late Queen in the House of Commons today as the country entered a period of extended mourning. “We have witnessed the most heartfelt outpouring of loss and grief,” she said. “She was the rock on which modern Britain was built. The United Kingdom is the great country it is today because of her.”

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She added 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.

The PM's opposite number, Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer, told the Commons that the Queen’s death had robbed the nation of “our stillest point, our greatest comfort”

Quoting the poet Phillip Larkin, he said: “In times when nothing stood but worsened or grew strange, there was one constant good. She did not change.”


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