Britain’s new King Charles III had a jam-packed schedule on Sunday, carrying out his royal duties while still in mourning for his late mother Queen Elizabeth II.
Charles — who was formally proclaimed as the sovereign of the United Kingdom Saturday — was greeted with loud cheers and well-wishes from a massive crowd of thousands of supporters as he arrived at Buckingham Palace late Sunday morning.
There, he and his wife Camilla, the Queen Consort, met with various dignitaries from the Commonwealth.
Photos showed Charles, 73, smiling through the grief at his mother’s passing as he chatted with High Commissioners from countries of which he is the new head of state.
The King also met privately with Patricia Scotland, the Commonwealth Secretary-General, who represents the Commonwealth nation, most of which are former colonies of the British Empire.
The two met in the 1844 Room, considered to the most important of the 775 rooms in the London palace.
It’s the room where the Queen, who died Thursday at the age of 96, often met her most important guests, like presidents — and even actress Angelina Jolie.
The meetings with representatives of the Commonwealth came a point of relatively high tensions between the monarchy and its former colonies.
The Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda has said his nation will soon hold a referendum on whether to break off from the monarchy and become a republic.
In Jamaica, where Charles is now also the head of state, many have been calling for reparations from England for its role in the slave-trader and subjugation of the island’s peoples.
“This commonwealth of nations, that wealth belongs to England. That wealth is something never shared in,” said Bert Samuels, a member of the National Council on Reparations in Jamaica.
Charles will soon embark on the tour of the regions of the UK, visiting Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales.
After finishing his business at Buckingham Palace, the King left the palace, once again greeted by cheers.
He will be back in Scotland on Monday, to join the nine-day procession that takes the Queen’s coffin to St. Giles’ Cathedral.
With Post wires