Prince Andrew leads Royal Family on walk to Balmoral for prayer service

Prince Andrew and Prince Edward led members of the Royal Family as they walked towards Balmoral for a short prayer service on Saturday

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On their return to Balmoral from a short prayer service, members of the Royal Family stepped out of their cars just before the bridge over the River Dee that leads towards the castle.

Large crowds lined up along the route, with members of the public keen to give their condolences.

The family stopped to look at the flowers and read tributes, while Princess Eugenie was seen laying a bunch of flowers with the rest of the tributes.

The Duke of York at one moment was seen putting his arm around his daughter, Eugenie, as she wiped a tear from her eyes.

Prince Andrew outside Balmoral Castle
Prince Andrew outside Balmoral Castle
Prince Andrew led the royals near Balmoral Castle
Prince Andrew led the royals near Balmoral Castle

Andrew spoke to well-wishers as he walked past crowds and said “thank you for coming” as he was greeted by members of the public.

He added: “We’ve been allowed one day, now we start the process of handing her on.”

The crowd of well-wishers at Balmoral broke out into a round of applause as the royals walked towards the castle.

Three of the Queen’s four children –Princess Anne, Prince Edward and Andrew – joined the Countess of Wessex, Anne’s husband, Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, and the Queen’s grandchildren Peter Phillips, Zara Tindall, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, and Lady Louise Windsor for a walkabout after attending a prayer service at Crathie Kirk.

The family spent just under 10 minutes intently reading the tributes and admiring the flowers before they returned inside.

Hearing one group had come from Glasgow to show their support, Edward said: “Thank you very much for coming all that way, we appreciate it.”