William and Kate sip drinks with Windsor crowd ahead of coronation concert
William and Kate delighted well-wishers with a walkabout in Windsor on Sunday as crowds gathered for the star-studded coronation concert.
The Prince and Princess of Wales sipped homemade cocktails with royal fans as they soaked up the atmosphere and also came across special coronation ale dedicated to the King.
It came as Buckingham Palace said the King and Queen were “deeply touched” by the nation’s celebration of their coronation.
More than 18 million tuned in to watch the ceremony on TV, peaking at 20m at the moment Charles was crowned in Westminster Abbey.
William and Kate chatted to picnicking families who were enjoying the summer sunshine.
At one point, Kate comforted a little girl who was visibly upset as the crowd surged to meet the couple. She gave the teary youngster, who was wearing a headband with union flag deely boppers and a navy dress, a long hug.
Before they left William told one group of well-wishers: "Enjoy the concert tonight."
The walkabout came shortly after Buckingham Palace issued the first public statement on behalf of Charles and Camilla since they were crowned.
A spokesperson said the newly-crowned couple were "profoundly grateful" for all those involved in organising the celebrations and ceremony, and the spectators who attended the day.
“Their majesties were deeply touched by the events of yesterday and profoundly grateful both to all those who helped to make it such a glorious occasion - and to the very many who turned out to show their support in such numbers in London and further afield.”
William was due to take to the stage during the evening concert, in the grounds of Windsor Castle, to make a speech.
Meanwhile, Camilla asked for her coronation bouquet of English spring flowers to be placed on the Grave of the Unknown Warrior in the coronation church, Westminster Abbey.
The simple posy, including auriculas, the late Queen’s favourite lily of the valley, and one of Charles’ favourites hellebores, by the King and Queen’s go-to florist, Shane Connolly, was laid at the memorial.