Queen updates: Queen's grandchildren stand vigil by coffin; King Charles III, Prince William visit last respects queue

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King Charles III on Saturday made an unannounced visit to greet some of the thousands queuing to pay respects to Queen Elizabeth II whose coffin is lying-in-state in Westminster Hall.

Charles and his son, Prince William, shook hands and thanked mourners in the miles-long line near Lambeth Bridge on Saturday.

Charles has made several impromptu walkabouts since he became king on Sept. 8, in an attempt to meet his subjects.

The new king is also scheduled to spend much of Saturday meeting with dignitaries who have come to London for his mother’s funeral, set to take place Monday.

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In the morning, he held an audience at Buckingham Palace with the nation’s military chiefs and in the early afternoon he was holding a reception for Governors General of the Realms – the monarch’s representatives in the U.K.’s former colonies ranging from Antigua and Barbuda to Tuvalu.

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