Charles follows the queen in mourning and duties

STORY: For decades Charles' destiny was to follow the queen and on Monday that was his solemn duty.

Along with his brothers and sister, the new king walked behind the hearse as their mother's coffin was taken to St Giles' Cathedral in Edinburgh for a service and 24-hour vigil.

A day earlier, the queen was brought from Balmoral Castle, where she died aged 96 on Thursday.

Crowds have lined the streets of the Scottish capital - forever under the watchful eye of security staff.

On Tuesday, the coffin will be flown to London to begin a period of lying in state until early on September 19 - the day of Elizabeth II's state funeral.

As in Edinburgh, many thousands of ordinary people will be allowed to process past and pay their respects to their late queen at Westminster Hall.

And it was at Westminster - the home of Britain's parliament - where King Charles began his day of royal duties, meeting and speaking about his mother's lifetime dedication to democracy.

"She set an example of selfless duty which, with God’s help and your counsels, I am resolved faithfully to follow."

Later he boarded a jet for Edinburgh to do the same at the Scottish parliament.

In his first public comment since her death, Prince Harry - reunited with brother William on Saturday, paid an emotional tribute to his "granny" on Monday.

He said she would be sorely missed not just by the family, but the world over.

His message joins the thousands of personal notes and flowers left by mourners at royal palaces across Britain.

It's a scene being repeated in far-flung corners of the former British Empire, like Hong Kong, over which she reigned for some of her 70 years on the throne.