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
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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."