When British Prime Minister Liz Truss met the new King Charles III at Buckingham Palace on Friday afternoon, he told her that his mother’s death was the “moment I feared, as did many with me.” Television cameras captured the verdict.
The King had returned to Buckingham Palace from Scotland on Friday. They had come to Balmoral Castle on Thursday to say goodbye to Elizabeth, who passed away on Thursday afternoon at the age of 96.
Truss first met the king in her current role on Friday afternoon. She was officially appointed as Prime Minister by Queen Elizabeth on Tuesday. On Thursday, Truss had already spoken to the king by telephone. Starting next Tuesday, Truss will speak with Charles on a weekly basis about political matters.
The meeting Friday afternoon lasted about half an hour. “We won’t take up too much of your time,” the king told Truss. “It was so moving when we got here. All those people who came to bring their condolences and flowers,” he also said. Charles and his wife Camilla took the time to shake hands and greet people who came to pay their respects outside the palace.