An MBE recipient appeared overcome with emotion as she met King Charles III when he made a surprise visit to embrace mourners queuing up to see the Queen lying in state.
The new monarch reached out to enthralled well-wishers including the woman who said she was ‘so sorry’ for his loss and ‘should have’ worn the honour he had given her.
The emotional meeting came as the King and the Prince of Wales visited Lambeth Bridge in south London today to shake hands and speak with those in the huge queue.
The unnamed woman said: ‘I’m so sorry for your loss.
‘You gave me my MBE. I was going to wear them today but I didn’t bring them and I should have done because you gave it to me, sir.’
Smiling apologetically and fleetingly wiping her eyes, the mourner nevertheless appeared thrilled to have met the King as he made his way past the crowd pressed against the barricade.
The sovereign paused to ask ‘did I?’, smiling and showing a look of interest as he spoke with her.
Another woman, who shook his hand, told him: ‘It was at 9.45pm that we left home yesterday.’
The royal father and son raised the spirits of people who had been waiting for hours to pass their respects in Westminster Hall.
His Majesty had been at a police station in south London to thank emergency services staff for their work ahead of the Queen’s funeral.
The MBE is the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, and is awarded for an outstanding achievement or service to the community.
The criteria reads: ‘This will have had a long-term, significant impact and stand out as an example to others.’
Investitures were usually hosted by the Queen but she shared the duties with other royals, including the Prince of Wales and Princess Royal.
They take place at a Royal residence, usually Buckingham Palace, where those recognised are given their insignia.
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