Sophie and Prince Edward delighted royal fans with a stroll outside Buckingham Palace. The Earl and Countess of Wessex climbed outside the royal residence in central London before 3 pm to meet the assembled crowds.
A cheer erupted as Edward and Sophie, who was said to have been like the late Queen’s second daughter, walked out of the gate.
The royal couple shook hands and spoke with well-wishers outside the palace, while the Countess received a number of bouquets of flowers.
Sophie usually looked elegant in a black dress and wore her blonde hair in curls. Edward, the late Queen’s youngest son, was smart in a suit.
Well-wishers could be heard telling Edward and Sophie “sorry for your loss”.
“I know my mother would really appreciate this wonderful support,” the earl told the crowd.
The march comes after Edward joined his brothers King Charles, Princess Anne and Prince Andrew in a vigil over the late Queen’s coffin in Westminster Hall on Friday evening.
The four royals were in uniform and were silent, motionless, their heads bowed and hands locked in front of them as they stood for just over 10 minutes as members of the public stepped past for the Lying State.
Earlier on Friday, Edward paid tribute to his “beloved mother”.
In a statement, he said: “As a family we have grown up learning to share our parents, and especially our beloved mother, with the nation, its worlds and the Commonwealth.
“While it was great to spend some time privately saying goodbye to us at Balmoral, now is the time to let the others be able to say goodbye.
“We were overwhelmed by the wave of emotion that swept us and the huge number of people who did their best to express their love, admiration and respect for such a special and unique person who was always there for us.
“And now, we’re there for her, united in grief. Thank you for your support, you have no idea how much that means.”
Referring to their children, Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn, the Earl continued: “The Queen’s death has left an unimaginable void in all of our lives.
“Sophie and I were very pleased to see our James and Louise enjoying the places and activities that their grandparents loved so much.
“Given that my mother allowed us to spend so much time with her, I think she also enjoyed watching these feelings blossom.
“Those times together, those happy memories, are now so precious to each of us.
“God bless Her Majesty the Queen and her memory be long cherished even as the baton she has carried over the past 70 years has been passed down to the next generation and to my brother Charles.”
Edward ended his statement: “Long live the king.”
The Wessexes were particularly close to the late queen, as Sophie was said to have been like a second daughter.
The Countess was among the royals who rushed to Balmoral when her health deteriorated on September 8.
The Edward and Sophie Bagshot Park residence is located near Windsor Castle, where the late King has primarily resided for the past two years.
It comes after Charles and Prince William welcomed mourners to a lie-in waiting list in the state earlier on Saturday.
The King and Queen then had lunch at Buckingham Palace with the Governors-General of the Commonwealth of Nations, joined by the Prince and Princess of Wales.