Princess Eugenie and Zara Tindall shed tears as they see Balmoral flower tribute

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Princess Eugenie and Zara Tindall shed tears as they inspected flowers left by mourners in tribute to the Queen at Balmoral.

The pair grew visibly emotional as they viewed the floral tributes alongside other royals including Prince Andrew and Princess Beatrice.

It is the first time the members of the Royal Family have been seen together in public since the Queen’s death on Thursday.

The Duke of York thanked well-wishers as he visited the site. Asked how he was doing, he replied: “We’ve been allowed one day, now we start the process of handing her on.”

He added: “It’s nice to see you, thank you for coming.”

The Earl of Wessex, Princess Eugenie, the Princess Royal, Peter Phillips, Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence, Zara Tindall and Lady Louise Windsor (left-right front) Princess Beatrice and the Duke of York view the messages and floral tributes left by members of the public at Balmoral in Scotland following the death of Queen Elizabeth II (PA)
The Earl of Wessex, Princess Eugenie, the Princess Royal, Peter Phillips, Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence, Zara Tindall and Lady Louise Windsor (left-right front) Princess Beatrice and the Duke of York view the messages and floral tributes left by members of the public at Balmoral in Scotland following the death of Queen Elizabeth II (PA)

On Sunday, the Queen’s coffin will be be taken by road to the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh.

Andrew, Zara and his two daughters were joined by two of the Queen’s children, the Princess Royal and the Earl of Wessex, the Countess of Wessex, Anne’s husband Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence and the Queen’s grandchildren Peter Phillips and Lady Louise Windsor at the service on Saturday.

After Andrew spoke to the public, the family walked over towards the vast collection of flowers and tributes that had been left at the gates.

The crowd fell silent as they intently read messages and discussed the bouquets with each other.

At one point, Princess Eugenie laid a bunch of flowers, and was seen being comforted by her father as she wiped tears away from her eyes.

After being at the scene for around six minutes, the family stood at the castle gates facing the public and waved, prompting them to break into a spontaneous round of applause.

Andrew also put his hands together in a prayer position and briefly bowed to the crowd to give his thanks.

One woman then said: “How lovely.”

A large crowd had gathered at Balmoral ahead of the visit, with locals including parents and children, some carrying roses, convening at the castle gates to add their floral tributes.