Heartbroken Princess Anne can't hold back tears as she views floral tributes to the Queen

Princess Anne was at the bedside of her mother, Queen Elizabeth II, when the latter died and the two were said to be very close

Heartbroken Princess Anne can't hold back tears as she views floral tributes to the Queen
Princes Andrew and Edward, and Princess Anne tearfuly look at messages and floral tributes to Queen Elizabeth II, left by members of the public, after attending a service at Crathie Kirk church near Balmoral (Getty Images)
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ABERDEENSHIRE, SCOTLAND: Princess Anne was spotted tearfuly viewing the floral tributes laid out in memory of Queen Elizabeth II on the grounds of the Balmoral Estate. She was accompanied by her children, Peter Phillips and Zara Tindall. Anne had arrived at the castle and was with her mother during her time of passing. The only daughter of the Queen, Anne shared a close and warm relationship with her mother. 

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According to the Daily Mail, the three of them were also joined by other senior members of the Royal family, as applause broke out among the crowd of mourners at the estate. Anne and two of her other siblings, Prince Andrew, Duke of York, and Prince Edward, Duke of Wessex, looked at the flowers and cards for their mother. 

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Princess Anne, Princess Royal attends a service at Crathie Kirk church near Balmoral following the death of Queen Elizabeth II  on September 10, 2022 in Crathie near Aberdeen, United Kingdom. Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor was born in Bruton Street, Mayfair, London on 21 April 1926. She married Prince Philip in 1947 and acceded to 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.
A teary Princess Anne attends a service at Crathie Kirk church near Balmoral following the death of Queen Elizabeth II on September 10, 2022 in Crathie near Aberdeen, United Kingdom (Getty Images)

Other members of the royal family greeted and waved at the crowd. The late Queen's grandchildren, Peter Phillips, Zara Tindall, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie as well as Lady Louise Windsor went for a walkabout after attending a prayer service at Crathie Kirk. Recalling the time spent with their grandmother, Peter said that he was incredibly lucky to be able to share a lot of their childhood time in her company. 

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Princess Beatrice of York, Peter Phillips, Zara Tindall, Lady Louise Windsor, Sophie, Countess of Wessex, Prince Andrew, Duke of York, Edward, Earl of Wessex, Princess Anne, Princess Royal and Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence look at messages and floral tributes left by members of the public after attending a service at Crathie Kirk church near Balmoral following the death of Queen Elizabeth II on September 10, 2022 in Crathie near Aberdeen, United Kingdom. Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor was born in Bruton Street, Mayfair, London on 21 April 1926. She married Prince Philip in 1947 and acceded to 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.
Princess Beatrice of York, Peter Phillips, Zara Tindall, Lady Louise Windsor, Sophie, Countess of Wessex, Prince Andrew, Duke of York, Edward, Earl of Wessex, Princess Anne, Princess Royal and Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence look at messages and floral tributes left by members of the public (Owen Humphreys-WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Additionally, the scandal-ridden Duke of York extended his gratitude to the crowd of attendees and well-wishers for their outpouring of tributes in the memory of Britain's longest-reigning monarch. His daughter, Eugenie, heaped praises on her grandmother, describing her as "brilliant."

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Peter Phillips, Zara Tindall, and Princess Anne, Princess Royal look at messages and floral tributes left by members of the public after attending a service at Crathie Kirk church near Balmoral following the death of Queen Elizabeth II on September 10, 2022 in Crathie near Aberdeen, United Kingdom. Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor was born in Bruton Street, Mayfair, London on 21 April 1926. She married Prince Philip in 1947 and acceded to 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.
Peter Phillips, Zara Tindall, and Princess Anne, Princess Royal look at messages and floral tributes (Owen Humphreys-WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Princess Beatrice of York, Peter Phillips, Zara Tindall, Lady Louise Windsor, Sophie, Countess of Wessex, Prince Andrew, Duke of York, Edward, Earl of Wessex, Princess Anne, Princess Royal and Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence look at floral tributes outside at Crathie Kirk church on September 10, 2022 in Crathie near Aberdeen, United Kingdom. Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor was born in Bruton Street, Mayfair, London on 21 April 1926. She married Prince Philip in 1947 and acceded to 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.
Princess Beatrice of York, Peter Phillips, Zara Tindall, Lady Louise Windsor, Sophie, Countess of Wessex, Prince Andrew, Duke of York, Edward, Earl of Wessex, Princess Anne, Princess Royal and Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence were spotted on the walkabout (Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

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Anne, 72, who shares a deep affection for her mother, was teary-eyed on the car ride to the church. Notably, the mother-daughter duo were rather close, with a strong bonding over their mutual love for horses. The Queen had also conferred the title 'Royal Princess' to Anne in 1987. This title is traditionally (not automatically though) given to the oldest daughter of the monarch. Recently, the Princess had joined the Queen on one of the latter's final public engagements in July, accompanying her during a visit to a hospice in Maidenhead. She was also at her mother's bedside when she passed away peacefully at the age of 96. 

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(left to right) The Princess Royal and her husband Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence on a walkabout to thank members of the public at Balmoral on September 10, 2022 in Aberdeen, United Kingdom. Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor was born in Bruton Street, Mayfair, London on 21 April 1926. She married Prince Philip in 1947 and acceded to 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.
The Princess Royal and her husband Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence go on a walkabout to thank members of the public at Balmoral (Owen Humphreys - Pool / Getty Images)

Princess Anne's regard for her mother was evident in her interview in a BBC1 in a documentary to mark the Queen's jubilee. In it, she defended her mother against claims that the monarch was an uncaring mother. "I simply don't believe there is any evidence whatsoever to suggest that she wasn't caring. It just beggars belief," she said, adding, "She's my mother and the Queen."

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Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Charles, Prince of Wales (Duke of Rothesay) and Princess Anne, Princess Royal attend the annual Braemar Highland Gathering on September 1, 2018 in Braemar, Scotland. The Braemar Gathering is the most famous of the Highland Games and is known Worldwide. Each year thousands of visitors descend on this small Scottish village on the first Saturday in September to watch one of the more colourful Scottish traditions. The Gathering has a long history and in its modern form it stretches back nearly 200 years.
Princess Anne is the only daughter and second child of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles (Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

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