King Charles and Camilla, now Queen Consort, departed Balmoral late Friday morning and traveled to Aberdeen Airport to fly to London and begin preparations for the Queen’s funeral and the formal process to begin Charles’ reign .
Once in London, Charles III will have a busy schedule, with a speech to the nation to pre-record and a meeting with Prime Minister, Liz Truss, at Buckingham Palace.
He will also likely see the Earl Marshal – currently Edward Fitzalan-Howard, the Duke of Norfolk – to approve the carefully choreographed plans for the coming days and weeks.
The King and Camilla will likely still be traveling when church bells across the country ring at midday to commemorate the Queen. Bells are ringing in St Paul’s, Westminster Abbey and Windsor Castle – and elsewhere.
Members of Parliament and colleagues in the Houses of Parliament also begin the afternoon sessions to pay tribute to the Queen.
The rest of the royal family have also begun to leave the Aberdeenshire estate after they gathered there on Thursday afternoon, hoping to be with the Queen for her final moments.
Prince Harry was first seen leaving the castle around 8.15am on Friday morning. The Duke of Sussex was also the last to arrive, reaching Balmoral about 12 hours earlier, after canceling a performance at a charity awards ceremony in London.
The Queen’s death was announced at 6.30pm on Thursday, shortly before the Prince landed in Aberdeen.
Among those who paid tribute to the queen at Balmoral was a group of Buddhist monks who chanted at the gates as a sign of mourning.
Sujan Maharjan from Nepal, an abbot at a Buddhist center in Aberdeen, said: “Singing for someone who has died is a Buddhist tradition. This is sad news for all of us. We recently celebrated her platinum anniversary by inviting different religions to our center and that made us feel close to the Queen.”
Prince Harry boarded a British Airways flight at Aberdeen airport at 10:20 a.m. Friday morning, wearing a black suit. He arrived at Heathrow just after 11:30 am and is expected to stay at Frogmore Cottage in Windsor.
He and Meghan were on a short visit to Europe when the Queen died. They are expected to remain in the UK to attend the Queen’s state funeral, which is likely to take place on September 19, although that date has not been officially confirmed. The government is expected to make it a public holiday.