Her Majesty’s death was announced on Thursday evening at 6.30pm to a stunned nation. Royal Family members have been gathering at the Queen’s Scottish estate to pay their final respects. They left to attend a prayer service at nearby Crathie Kirk.
The Queen was a regular at the small church during her stays in Balmoral.
Three of the Queen’s four children, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward have been at Balmoral since Thursday.
Princess Eugenie is also at Balmoral and joined her father on the trip to the service.
A crowd of well-wishers were outside Balmoral as the the Royal Family members were driven to the church.
Members of the public continued to leave flowers at the entrance to the Queen’s Scottish estate.
The Royal Family members went over to inspect the flowers left by well-wishers, after returning from the srvice.
The clerk of the council proclaimed: “Whereas it has pleased almighty god to call to his mercy our late sovereign lady Queen Elizabeth the Second of blessed and glorious memory, by whose decease the crown of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is solely and rightfully come to Prince Charles Philip Arthur George.
“We therefore, the lords spiritual and temporal of this realm, and members of the House of Commons together with other members of her late majesty’s privy council and representatives of the realms and territories, alderman, citizens of London and others, with one voice and consent of tongue and heart publish and proclaim that the Prince Charles Philip Arthur George, is now by our the death of our late sovereign of happy memory, become our only lawful and happy liege lord.
“Charles III, by the grace of god of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and of his other realms and territory, King, head of the commonwealth, defender of the faith, to whom we do acknowledge all faith and obedience with humble affection, beseeching God by whom kings and queens do reign to bless his majesty with long and happy years to reign over us.”