Queen's Children and Grandchildren Make First Appearance Since Her Death to View Tributes at Balmoral

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Britain's Princess Beatrice of York (L), Britain's Lady Louise Windsor (2L), Britain's Sophie, Countess of Wessex (3L), Peter Phillips (4L), Britain's Princess Eugenie of York (obscured), Britain's Prince Andrew, Duke of York (C), Zara Phillips (2R) and Britain's Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex greet members of the public gathered outside of Balmoral Castle in Ballater, on September 10, 2022, two days after Queen Elizabeth II died at the age of 96. - King Charles III pledged to follow his mother's example of "lifelong service" in his inaugural address to Britain and the Commonwealth on Friday, after ascending to the throne following the death of Queen Elizabeth II on September 8. (Photo by Owen Humphreys / AFP) (Photo by OWEN HUMPHREYS/AFP via Getty Images)
Britain's Princess Beatrice of York (L), Britain's Lady Louise Windsor (2L), Britain's Sophie, Countess of Wessex (3L), Peter Phillips (4L), Britain's Princess Eugenie of York (obscured), Britain's Prince Andrew, Duke of York (C), Zara Phillips (2R) and Britain's Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex greet members of the public gathered outside of Balmoral Castle in Ballater, on September 10, 2022, two days after Queen Elizabeth II died at the age of 96. - King Charles III pledged to follow his mother's example of "lifelong service" in his inaugural address to Britain and the Commonwealth on Friday, after ascending to the throne following the death of Queen Elizabeth II on September 8. (Photo by Owen Humphreys / AFP) (Photo by OWEN HUMPHREYS/AFP via Getty Images)

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Members of Queen Elizabeth's family stepped out for the first time since her death to see the many tributes in her honor.

On Saturday, the Queen's children Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward viewed flowers and other tributes outside the gates of Balmoral Castle in Scotland, where the monarch peacefully died at age 96 on Thursday. They were joined by Anne's husband, Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence, and Edward's wife, Sophie, Countess of Wessex.

Many of the Queen's grandchildren — including Zara Tindall, Peter Phillips, Princess Beatrice, Princess Eugenie and Lady Louise Windsor — were somber as they walked with their family from Crathie Kirk church, where the group had attended a private prayer service. The two generations were united before the assembled crowd, and stopped to spend time reading the cards tucked within the deluge of bouquets.

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Zara, Beatrice and Eugenie appeared teary as they read tributes. At one point, Sophie crouched down to get a closer look at the notes.

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Members of the Royal family walk back from Crathie Kirk and examine floral tributes following the death of Queen Elizabeth, in Balmoral, Scotland, Britain, September 10, 2022. 10 Sep 2022 Pictured: Queen Elizabeth II dies at Balmoral. Day 3 . Members of the Royal family walk back from Crathie Kirk and examine floral tributes at the gates of Balmoral following the death of Queen Elizabeth II in Balmoral, Scotland, Britain, September 10, 2022. Photo credit: Mirrorpix / MEGA TheMegaAgency.com +1 888 505 6342
Members of the Royal family walk back from Crathie Kirk and examine floral tributes following the death of Queen Elizabeth, in Balmoral, Scotland, Britain, September 10, 2022. 10 Sep 2022 Pictured: Queen Elizabeth II dies at Balmoral. Day 3 . Members of the Royal family walk back from Crathie Kirk and examine floral tributes at the gates of Balmoral following the death of Queen Elizabeth II in Balmoral, Scotland, Britain, September 10, 2022. Photo credit: Mirrorpix / MEGA TheMegaAgency.com +1 888 505 6342

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Thanking the public for their condolences, the Duke of York, 62, said, "We've been allowed one day, now we start the process of handing her on," per Sky News.

Not present were King Charles III, Queen Camilla and Prince William, who joined the Accession Council in London on Saturday for the official proclamation of the new King. The ceremony was held in the State Apartments of St. James's Palace in London at 10 a.m. local time — and in a historic first, the rite was televised.

ABERDEEN, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 10: Prince Andrew, Duke of York, Edward, Earl of Wessex, Princess Anne, Princess Royal and Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence look at floral tributes outside at Crathie Kirk church on September 10, 2022 in Aberdeen, United Kingdom. Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor was born in Bruton Street, Mayfair, London on 21 April 1926. She married Prince Philip in 1947 and acceded to the throne of the United Kingdom and Commonwealth on 6 February 1952 after the death of her Father, King George VI. Queen Elizabeth II died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on September 8, 2022, and is succeeded by her eldest son, King Charles III. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
ABERDEEN, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 10: Prince Andrew, Duke of York, Edward, Earl of Wessex, Princess Anne, Princess Royal and Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence look at floral tributes outside at Crathie Kirk church on September 10, 2022 in Aberdeen, United Kingdom. Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor was born in Bruton Street, Mayfair, London on 21 April 1926. She married Prince Philip in 1947 and acceded to the throne of the United Kingdom and Commonwealth on 6 February 1952 after the death of her Father, King George VI. Queen Elizabeth II died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on September 8, 2022, and is succeeded by her eldest son, King Charles III. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

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As William and Camilla watched on, a council clerk read, "The crown of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is solely and rightfully come to the Prince Charles Philip Arthur George."

"We... do now hereby with one voice and consent of tongue and heart publish and proclaim that the Prince Charles Philip Arthur George is now by the death of our late Sovereign of happy memory become our only lawful and rightful liege lord, Charles III."

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ABERDEEN, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 10: Princess Eugenie of York and Princess Beatrice of York hold hands as they look at floral tributes outside Crathie Kirk church on September 10, 2022 in Aberdeen, United Kingdom. Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor was born in Bruton Street, Mayfair, London on 21 April 1926. She married Prince Philip in 1947 and acceded to the throne of the United Kingdom and Commonwealth on 6 February 1952 after the death of her Father, King George VI. Queen Elizabeth II died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on September 8, 2022, and is succeeded by her eldest son, King Charles III. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
ABERDEEN, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 10: Princess Eugenie of York and Princess Beatrice of York hold hands as they look at floral tributes outside Crathie Kirk church on September 10, 2022 in Aberdeen, United Kingdom. Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor was born in Bruton Street, Mayfair, London on 21 April 1926. She married Prince Philip in 1947 and acceded to the throne of the United Kingdom and Commonwealth on 6 February 1952 after the death of her Father, King George VI. Queen Elizabeth II died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on September 8, 2022, and is succeeded by her eldest son, King Charles III. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

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The clerk ended with "God Save The King," which was echoed by the 200 Privy Councillors, headed by former Prime Ministers including Boris Johnson, Tony Blair, David Cameron, and Gordon Brown.

Though King Charles immediately rose in rank after his mother Queen Elizabeth's death, the accession is not to be confused with the formal coronation.

Charles' crowning ceremony is not immediately expected, and courtiers have not yet announced a date. The coronation for his mother was held 16 months after her accession on Feb. 6, 1952, following the sudden death of her father, King George VI.

Members of the Royal family walk back from Crathie Kirk and examine floral tributes following the death of Queen Elizabeth, in Balmoral, Scotland, Britain, September 10, 2022. 10 Sep 2022 Pictured: The Countess of Wessex. Photo credit: WPA-Pool / MEGA TheMegaAgency.com +1 888 505 6342
Members of the Royal family walk back from Crathie Kirk and examine floral tributes following the death of Queen Elizabeth, in Balmoral, Scotland, Britain, September 10, 2022. 10 Sep 2022 Pictured: The Countess of Wessex. Photo credit: WPA-Pool / MEGA TheMegaAgency.com +1 888 505 6342

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In communications updated on Buckingham Palace's website Friday, King Charles asked the public to observe a period of royal mourning, effective immediately and lasting until one week after his mother's funeral.

Flags will be flown at half-staff over royal residences though the period, and floral tributes, like those seen at Balmoral, are left to rest at specified gates.