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Sunday, 14 April, 2002, 11:54 GMT 12:54 UK
Prince's prayers for grandmother
Charles beside coffin
Prince Charles accompanied his grandmother's coffin
Prince Charles has attended church in Scotland for the first time since the death of his grandmother, the Queen Mother.

The kilted Royal was accompanied at Crathie Church on Royal Deeside on Sunday by Camilla Parker Bowles, who wore a dark overcoat.

Charles and Queen Mother
Prince Charles and the Queen Mother at Birkhall
But there was no sign of Prince Harry, who accompanied his father on the trip north last week.

They entered the church by the side door traditionally used by the Royal family for the 11.30am service.

They were greeted by a crowd of almost 50 well-wishers.

Last week Prince Charles and Prince Harry arrived at Balmoral for a period of rest and contemplation at the Queen Mother's Birkhall holiday home on the Balmoral Estate.

Their attendance at Crathie came just a few months after the Queen Mother paid her last visit to the church.

'Pretty drained'

Later, as he left the church, Charles waved to the waiting crowds as he drove away with Camilla Parker Bowles in the back seat of their car.

Crathie minister the Reverend Bob Sloan said he was "delighted" to see both of them at the church.


It was marvellous to see them, it was great after all that he has come through

Reverend Bob Sloan
Crathie minister
He said: "I thought it was just great that the two of them could be together for worship."

Mr Sloan said Prince Charles must have been "pretty drained" spiritually and emotionally following the death of the Queen Mother, but at church the prince appeared to be in good spirits.

He added: "He has been under scrutiny now for some considerable time.

"He looked well - I was delighted to see her here, I was absolutely delighted.

"It was marvellous to see them, it was great after all that he has come through."

See also:

10 Apr 02 | Scotland
Royal retreat for grieving prince
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