Members of the Royal Family moved to tears by outpouring for the Queen

Members of the royal family burst into tears on Saturday as they read a heartfelt tribute to Queen Elizabeth II.

The family, who have been in Balmoral Castle since the monarch’s death on Thursday at the age of 96, traveled to nearby Crathie Kirk church this weekend to attend a prayer service.

The family spent just under 10 minutes reading the tribute and admiring the floral bouquets left outside for the late Queen Elizabeth.

Princess Eugenie wept as she watched the tributes for her grandmother. Photographers at one point saw her comforted by her father, Prince Andrew, who looked visibly distraught.

Earlier in the day, Eugenie – along with her sister, Princess Beatrice – placed her own flowers among the bouquets.

The Queen’s eldest granddaughter, Zara Tindall, was also in attendance and burst into tears along with members of her immediate family, including her mother, Princess Anne, and brother, Peter Phillips.

The late monarch’s youngest son, Prince Edward, was also in attendance, along with his wife Sophie Wessex and their daughter Lady Louise Windsor.

Prince Andrew and Princess Eugenie outside Balmoral.
Prince Andrew was spotted on Saturday comforting Princess Eugenie.

Edward thanked the benefactors who lined the route back to Balmoral. When he heard that a group had come from Glasgow to pay their respects, he said: “Thank you very much for coming, we appreciate it.”

Sophie, who was widely known to have a close relationship with the Queen, also looked visibly distraught as she examined the floral tributes and cards.

Zara Tindall outside Balmoral.
Princess Anne’s daughter, Zara Tindall, was visibly distraught.

Meanwhile, the Queen’s eldest child, Charles, had already traveled back to London, where he was officially proclaimed King Charles III.

He is now the reigning monarch of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth.

Lady Louise Windsor, Sophie, Countess of Wessex, Prince Andrew, Duke of York, Edward, Earl of Wessex, Princess Anne, Princess Royal and Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence respond to the crowds outside Crathie Kirk Church on September 10, 2022 in Aberdeen, United Kingdom.
Sophie Wessex was called the Queen’s “Royal Rock”.
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In an address to the Crown Council, the newly anointed king paid tribute to his mother.

“My mother’s reign was unparalleled in duration, dedication and devotion,” he said. Even as we mourn, we give thanks for this very faithful life. I am well aware of this great legacy and of the duties and heavy responsibilities of sovereignty that have now passed to me.”

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