The nation is mourning the death of our dear monarch, Elizabeth II. Charles, now King, accompanied by the Queen Consort, Camila, left Balmoral Castle in Scotland this morning returning to Buckingham Palace this afternoon.
Thousands surrounded the Palace as many subjects left floral tributes in the railings of the Palace.
The Royal Guard were inspected and then formed up in the courtyard in preparation for the arrival of the King.
The Union Flag was, of course, being flown at half mast.
As the King’s Guard stood ready, the flag was lowered.
And a minute later, the Royal Standard was raised. This flag is only used when the King is in residence. This meant that Charles was about to arrive.
His car came through the gates. Both Charles and Camilla went outside to see the flower tributes and meet with some of the crowd. They then walked back through the gates, and Carlos entered the Palace for the first time as King.
Outside, the flowers continued to arrive.
There were so many people, bunches of flowers had to be passed forward through the crowd to reach the front.
Others found their own ways to mourn.
Meanwhile the Press transmitted this national sadness to the whole world.
By the time I left the Palace, this beautiful image was already in place everywhere in London, including tube stations and bus-stop shelters.
Queen Elizabeth II – rest in peace!