Zara Tindall was joined by her mother Princess Anne, her brother Peter Phillips and Sir Timothy Laurence as the royals greeted members of the public outside Balmoral Castle this afternoon. The Queen’s granddaughter was visibly emotional as she read tributes to the late monarch, who died peacefully at her Scottish home on Thursday, September 8. Zara travelled to Scotland yesterday to pay her respects to her grandmother.
Today, she and several of the Queen’s children and grandchildren attended a prayer service at Crathie Kirk, before walking back to the Balmoral to view the sea of flowers at the gates of the castle.
Zara seemed to be in tears as she left the church and read the tributes left by well-wishers. She was later seen comforting her younger cousin, Princess Eugenie, who also flew to Scotland on Friday.
Eugenie is understood to have travelled from Portugal, where she now lives with her husband Jack Brooksbank and their son August. Walking beside her father Prince Andrew and older sister, Princess Beatrice, Eugenie laid a floral tribute alongside the countless arrangements left by members of the public.
It is the first time many of the royals have returned to the Scottish residence since the Queen’s death.
Her Majesty’s youngest granddaughter, Lady Louise Windsor, was seen clutching her mother Sophie Wessex’s hand as they reached the castle. Her father, Prince Edward, was also among the royals greeting well-wishers and reading tributes.
As the Queen’s children and grandchildren headed back into the castle grounds, they waved at the crowds of people who had congregated outside the royal residence, earning them a round of applause.
It comes just hours after King Charles III was proclaimed as the new monarch in an official ceremony at St. James’s Palace.