King Charles III appeared somber as he arrived in London just one day after the death of Queen Elizabeth II.
Photos show Charles, 73, and Camilla, 75, disembarking from their plane and making their way into a luxury Rolls-Royce that featured his royal insignia on top.
Following their airport departure, the royal couple made their way to Buckingham Palace, where thousands of mourners gathered to express their condolences. At one point, Charles shook hands with citizens who wanted to share their grief with the new king.
The longest-reigning British monarch, Elizabeth II died Thursday at her beloved Scottish home.
“The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon,” the royal family tweeted. “The King and The Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral this evening and will return to London tomorrow.”
Upon his mom’s death, Charles inherited the monarchical title, but he will not officially be named king until Saturday morning local time.
Charles said in a statement that the Queen’s death was a “moment of great sadness.”