For the first time since the Queen’s passing, several members of the British royal family have left Balmoral Castle and been captured on camera.
Princesses Eugenie and Beatrice, along with Prince Andrew, were spotted leaving the royal residence in a black car this afternoon on their way to Crathie Kirk. Zara Tindall and Peter Phillips joined Prince Edward, his wife Sophie Wessex, and their daughter Lady Louise Windsor on the trip in a separate vehicle.
The royals who all rushed to Scotland on Thursday and Friday after learning of the Queen’s death were seen there at a prayer service at Crathie Kirk, close to Balmoral Castle, dressed in black.
Members of the royal family exited their vehicles before the bridge over the River Dee that leads to the castle on their way back to Balmoral after a brief prayer service.
The royal family waved to the crowd and received a round of applause before approaching members of the public who wanted to express their condolences to the Queen’s family.
The group moved through crowds outside Balmoral under the leadership of the Duke of York and Earl of Wessex to view floral tributes left outside in memory of the Queen. The Countness expressed gratitude to well-wishers while holding hands with their daughter, Lady Louise.
Prince Edward thanked the one group that traveled from Glasgow to show their support, saying, “We appreciate you coming all the way.”
“We’ve been allowed one day, now we start the process of handing her on,” Andrew said in response to a mourner’s question about how he was doing. “Nice to see you, thanks for coming,” he continued.
Before going back inside Balmoral Castle, the family spent less than ten minutes carefully reading the tributes and examining the flowers.
Since Thursday, three of the Queen’s four children have been staying at Balmoral. Princess Anne, 72, and King Charles III were among the first visitors to arrive at Her Majesty’s bedside on Thursday because they were already in Scotland and had a shorter commute.
Prince William, her brothers, and her sister-in-law Sophie Wessex all traveled together after the Queen’s passing to be with her lone daughter.
Following the announcement of her passing at 18.30 BST on Thursday, September 8, 2022, Prince Harry also traveled up to Balmoral. He arrived in a black suit in the evening. Princess Eugenie, Princess Beatrice, and Zara Tindall, three of the Queen’s granddaughters, also left on Friday.
Currently gone are King Charles, Camilla, William, and Harry. Charles and Camilla returned to London so that Charles could start performing his royal duties, which included meeting with Liz Truss, the new prime minister whom the Queen had appointed just a few days before she passed away.