Prince William offers Queen Camilla a steadying hand in sweet moment at proclamation

Prince William tenderly offered his step-mother, Queen Consort Camilla, a studying hand as they made their entrance at Saturday morning’s Privy Council together.

The Royals, who are both adjusting to new roles following the sad death of Queen Elizabeth II earlier this week, were present at the historic St James’s Palace event.

The ceremony saw Charles officially appointed as King, while his two loved ones were among those who also signed the proclamations as witnesses.

Charles has effectively been acting as King since his mother Elizabeth’s death on Thursday but today’s historic ceremony officially marked the beginning of his reign.

The first part of the Council saw its leader, Penny Mourdant, announce the passing of the Queen. This was attended by Council members including Prime Minister Liz Truss and her living predecessors such as Boris Johnson, Gordon Brown and Theresa May.

William and Camilla made their entrance once the other members were present. As they made their way onto the platform, the new Prince of Wales could be seen offering an arm of support to the Queen Consort.

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After the first Council was completed, the members moved through to a second room where the King then arrived and made an oath to serve the country.

He then signed orders, with his two closest relatives acting as witnesses.

William’s relationship with his step-mother has been rocky in the past, though the pair are believed to have put their differences aside and developed a bond.

When Elizabeth II declared that after her death, she would like Camilla to be named Queen Consort, a source told the Daily Mail: “[William] is not particularly close to his stepmother but they get on perfectly well and are quite the blended family now.

"He also respects his grandmother and her judgement more than anything in the world. If it is right for her, then it will be right for him."

Camilla will offer Charles vital support as his reign begins and has been at his side for multiple huge moments in recent days.

The couple were welcomed by hordes of well-wishers as they returned to London from Scotland on Friday morning. Chants of ‘God Save the King’ could be heard as Charles greeted members of the public, and even received a kiss, on the Mall.

The King and his wife then shared an emotional moment while surveying the thousands of floral tributes laid out in honour of Elizabeth II.

Charles now faces the task of ensuring his mother’s funeral takes place as she wished, with details set to be announced in the coming days.


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