The King comforted in public before boarding plane to London

Breaking news - King Charles has been comforted in public for the first time since the death of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II. Before boarding a flight at Aberdeen airport, he shook hands with three people - who offered their condolences - and spoke to them for longer than a minute. The King nodded a number of times, and was seen engaging with the two men and a woman. The King will hold an audience with Liz Truss, the Prime Minister, and pre-record a televised address to the nation, which will be broadcast at around 6pm. King Charles III and Camilla, the Queen Consort, left Balmoral on Friday and flew out of Aberdeen airport as they made their way back to London. The King, who spent much of his 73 years preparing for the role, takes the throne in an era of uncertainty for both his country and the monarchy itself. On his first full day of duties, he is expected to return to London, meet UK Prime Minister Liz Truss, appointed just days earlier, and deliver a speech to the nation at a time when many Britons are preoccupied with an energy crisis, the soaring cost of living, the war in Ukraine and the fallout from Brexit. Also on Friday, Truss and other senior ministers are expected to attend a remembrance service at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. Charles, who became the monarch immediately upon his mother's death, will then be formally proclaimed king at a special ceremony Saturday. The public’s abiding affection for the queen had helped sustain support for the monarchy during the family scandals, but Charles is nowhere near as popular. Subscribe to The Telegraph with our special offer: just £1 for 3 months. Start your free trial now: Get the latest headlines: and are websites of The Telegraph, the UK's best-selling quality daily newspaper providing news and analysis on UK and world events, business, sport, lifestyle and culture. #King #Queen #UK


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