VIDEO: King Charles greets the crowd at Buckingham Palace

Some of the well-wishers shouted “Thank you, Charles” as he shook hands with the crowd. Several shouted, “God save the king!”

LONDON, UK – King Charles III. has arrived at Buckingham Palace for the first time as British monarch.

The king flew to London from Scotland on Friday and was driven to the royal residence in an official Rolls-Royce. A large crowd cheered as the car arrived at the palace gate.

He got out of the car to greet well-wishers and take a look at some of the huge piles of floral tributes left in honor of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II. Some shouted “Thanks Charles” and “Well done Charlie!” as he shook hands with the crowd. Several shouted “God save the king!”

The King will meet Prime Minister Liz Truss, who was appointed just days earlier, and address the nation.

The king spent much of his 73 years preparing for the role. He takes the throne at a time when many Britons are grappling with an energy crisis, the rising cost of living, the war in Ukraine and the fallout from Brexit.

Earlier in the day, bells rang across Britain as the nation mourned its longest-serving monarch for 10 days.

In imposing city cathedrals and small-town chapels, bells began ringing at 12 noon local time in a long-planned, carefully organized series of events to mark the death of the Queen.

At the same time, the British Parliament opened a special session to pay tribute to the Queen, including a minute’s silence.

A special gun salute is scheduled an hour later, with 96 shots, one for each year of Elizabeth’s nearly centenary life. VIDEO: King Charles greets the crowd at Buckingham Palace

Laura Coffey

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