King Charles looks visibly distraught as Queen's procession winds its way to Westminster Hall

Other members of the royal family were seen red-eyed too, wiping away their tears during this period of grief

King Charles looks visibly distraught as Queen's procession winds its way to Westminster Hall
King Charles III pays his respects in The Palace of Westminster (David Ramos/Getty Images)
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LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM: Members of Britain's Royal Family are known for their stoicism but they have been unable to hide their grief, even in front of cameras, ever since the death of their longest-reigning monarch, Queen Elizabeth II. Try as they might to maintain a calm outward facade with a neutral expression, cracks do appear, adding to the heartbreak of it all. Such was the case when the newly-appointed monarch, King Charles III stood before his mother's coffin at Westminster Hall where she will now lie-in-state till her funeral. 

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His resolve faltered and the reddening of his eyes betrayed the emotions of a son mourning his beloved mother as he took a sharp intake of breath. He gazed upwards, at the angels carved on Westminster Hall's ceiling, as he willed the tears back. Such was also the case with other members of the Royal Family who followed the procession for the Queen from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Abbey on Wednesday, September 14. 

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King Charles III, Anne, Princess Royal, Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, Prince William, Prince of Wales, Prince Andrew, Duke of York, Camilla, Queen Consort, Sir Timothy Laurence, Mr Peter Phillips, Sophie, Countess of Wessex, Catherine, Princess of Wales, Princess Beatrice and Prince Edward, Duke of Kent are seen inside the Palace of Westminster for the Lying-in State of Queen Elizabeth II on September 14, 2022 in London, England. Queen Elizabeth II's coffin is taken in procession on a Gun Carriage of The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall where she will lay in state until the early morning of her funeral. Queen Elizabeth II died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on September 8, 2022, and is succeeded by her eldest son, King Charles III.
King Charles III appears visibly distraught as he stands with the rest of his family (Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Assuming new responsibilities as the monarch, King Charles has been required to maintain his composure ever since the death of the Queen on September 8. But the public and British media has not criticized him or other royals for showing their emotions as the nation joins them in their grief after the passing of their Queen. 

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Earlier, images of Princess Anne's tearful face had made the rounds. The only daughter of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip, she held back tears as she gave a curtsy to her mother's coffin as it traveled from Balmoral to the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Scotland. Her sister-in-law, the Countess of Wessex, Sophie seemed to comfort her in that moment. 

(L-R) Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence, Britain's Prince Andrew, Duke of York, Britain's Princess Anne, Princess Royal, Britain's Sophie, Countess of Wessex and Britain's Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex watch as the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, draped with the Royal Standard of Scotland, completes its journey from Balmoral to the Palace of Holyroodhouse on September 11, 2022 in Edinburgh, United Kingdom. Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor was born in Bruton Street, Mayfair, London on 21 April 1926. She married Prince Philip in 1947 and ascended the throne of the United Kingdom and Commonwealth on 6 February 1952 after the death of her Father, King George VI. Queen Elizabeth II died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on September 8, 2022, and is succeeded by her eldest son, King Charles III.
(L-R) Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence, Britain's Prince Andrew,  Princess Anne, Sophie, Countess of Wessex and Britain's Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex watch the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II (Photo by Aaron Chown/WPA Pool/Getty Images

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An article by the Mirror suggests that Catherine, the Princess of Wales and Sophie, the Countess of Wessex appeared to exchange words to strengthen their resolve before the procession began, heralded by the rumbling of drums and tolling of bells.

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The Queen's grandchildren looked the most anguished among the royals. Standing beside his wife, Prince Harry could be seen wiping away his tears following the emotionally taxing journey from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Abbey behind his grandmother's coffin. The image was reminiscent of a much-younger Harry's ordeal during the funeral of his own mother, Princess Diana, when he was merely 12. 

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An emotional Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex pay their respects in The Palace of Westminster after the procession for the Lying-in State of Queen Elizabeth II on September 14, 2022 in London, England. Queen Elizabeth II's coffin is taken in procession on a Gun Carriage of The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall where she will lay in state until the early morning of her funeral. Queen Elizabeth II died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on September 8, 2022, and is succeeded by her eldest son, King Charles III.
An emotional Prince Harry and Meghan pay their respects in The Palace of Westminster (Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

His cousins, including Zara Tindall, Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice also wore grief-stricken expressions as they stood to the side of Westminster Hall with the rest of the family. In one image, she clutches the hand of her father, the disgraced Duke of York. The turmoil of their feelings was clearly etched on their faces. 

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(L) Princess Anne, Princess Royal, Princess Eugenie, Princess Beatrice and Prince Andrew, Duke of York at Westminster Hall on September 14, 2022, in London, England. Queen Elizabeth II's coffin is taken in procession on a Gun Carriage of The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall where she will lay in state until the early morning of her funeral. Queen Elizabeth II died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on September 8, 2022, and is succeeded by her eldest son, King Charles III III.
(L) Princess Anne, Princess Royal, Princess Eugenie, Princess Beatrice and Prince Andrew, Duke of York at Westminster Hall (Marko Djurica - Pool/Getty Images)

Granddaughter of the Queen and the older child of Prince Edward, Lady Louise Windsor wiped away her tears as her younger brother, Viscount Severn stood next to her, looking ahead. Notably, Louise shared a warm bond with her late grandmother that stemmed from their mutual love for carriage riding. 

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James, Viscount Severn and Lady Louise Windsor pay their respects in The Palace of Westminster during the procession for the Lying-in State of Queen Elizabeth II on September 14, 2022 in London, United Kingdom. Queen Elizabeth II's coffin is taken in procession on a Gun Carriage of The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall where she will lay in state until the early morning of her funeral. Queen Elizabeth II died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on September 8, 2022, and is succeeded by her eldest son, King Charles III.
Lady Louise Windsor wipes her tears as she stands beside her brother James, Viscount Severn and  (Ian Vogler - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Grief was etched on all their faces, even as the royals left Westminster Hall, with their tear-glazed eyes and solemn visages. Just as the nation mourned the death of their Queen, the Royal Family mourned and bid goodbye to their beloved family matriarch as she lay-in-state.

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Prince William, Prince of Wales, Catherine, Princess of Wales, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex leave after escorting the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II to Westminster Hall from Buckingham Palace for her lying in state, on September 14, 2022 in London, United Kingdom. Queen Elizabeth II's coffin is taken in procession on a Gun Carriage of The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall where she will lay in state until the early morning of her funeral. Queen Elizabeth II died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on September 8, 2022, and is succeeded by her eldest son, King Charles III.
Prince William, Prince of Wales, Catherine, Princess of Wales, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex leave after escorting the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II to Westminster Hall (Emilio Morenatti - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

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