In a moment that will forever be remembered, King Charles ||| and Camilla, Queen Consort, made their first appearance as the reigning monarch at approximately 1:15 am NZT, 10 September.
Charles smiled as he got out of his vehicle, greeted by crowds of waiting mourners, offering thanks for their support and presence.
The emotional moment took place outside the gates of Buckingham palace with an impromptu 12-minute walk along to meet those waiting to share their condolences about his mother, Queen Elizabeth ||’s passing.
King Charles made time for the people, shaking their hands and talking to as many people as he could reach.
The crowd broke out in shouts of “hip hip hooray” and an impromptu chorus of ‘God Save Our King', in a very touching welcome to the new monarch.
Showing grace and gratitude to those waiting outside the Palace, the King kept his composure in what would have been a very heavy time for a son who lost his mother.
After greeting as many well-wishers as they could, the pair took a minute to stroll along the Palace's gates, lined with hundreds of flowers and memorials to the late Queen.
Sky News shared written messages on bouquets that paid thanks to the Queen's 70-year reign.
It truly was a magical moment to watch the King in the first moments of his reign.
He is the future, and that simple act of connecting with people in such a natural way was a true sign that the King will do his mother proud.