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The Princess Royal told benefactors today that the floral tribute to the late Queen was ‘truly out of this world’ as she comforted grieving children in Glasgow on her return to Scotland after accompanying her mother’s body to London.

Princess Anne, 72, the only daughter of the late monarch, has this week led the royal family in mourning the late queen after being at her bedside when she died last Thursday.

On an emotional journey across the country, she accompanied her mother’s body from Balmoral, through the streets of Edinburgh and to Buckingham Palace, where she rested for the last time.

The mother of two accompanied her siblings in a funeral procession through the streets of London for an emotional service for the Queen’s coffin yesterday.

And today Princess Anne, long known as the hardest-working royal, returned to Scotland where she greeted mourners mourning her mother and said the floral tribute outside Glasgow’s City Chambers was ‘truly and truly out of this world’ as she thanked benefactors.

She seemed to be in a good mood, offering comforting words to crying royal fans and chatting with young children standing in the crowd. She said she had felt ‘very welcome’.

The Princess Royal consoled grieving children in Glasgow today as she was greeted by royal fans on her return to Scotland after accompanying her mother’s body to London

The Princess Royal told benefactors today that the floral tribute (pictured) to the late Queen was 'truly out of this world'

The Princess Royal told benefactors today that the floral tribute (pictured) to the late Queen was ‘truly out of this world’

Today Princess Anne, long known as the hardest-working royal, has returned to Scotland where she greeted mourners mourning her mother.

Today Princess Anne, long known as the hardest-working royal, has returned to Scotland where she greeted mourners mourning her mother.

A benefactor, Andrena, 78, from Glassford in South Lanarkshire, spoke to Princess Anne as she admired the flowers on display and told her she had “written the Queen during the Diamond Jubilee.” Princess Anne said to her, “Glad you got the chance to do that.”

Despite the challenging circumstances of today’s engagement, the Princess Royal’s rapport with the kids in the crowd was clear.

It may be a skill she honed thanks to her close relationship with her grandchildren, Savannah and Isla Philips and Mia, Lena and Lucas Tindall.

At one point, she was seen lovingly leaning forward to talk to a little girl whose mother was cradling her in her arms.

Earlier this week, Princess Anne released an emotional statement sharing how she was “happy to share the last 24 hours of my dearest mother’s life.”

She said the love and respect for the Queen on her journey from Balmoral to Edinburgh and to London had been “both humiliating and uplifting.”

Despite the challenging circumstances of today's engagement, the Princess Royal's rapport with the kids in the crowd was clear.  It may be a skill she has honed thanks to her close relationship with her grandchildren, Savannah and Isla Philips and Mia, Lena and Lucas Tindall

Despite the challenging circumstances of today’s engagement, the Princess Royal’s rapport with the kids in the crowd was clear. It may be a skill she has honed thanks to her close relationship with her grandchildren, Savannah and Isla Philips and Mia, Lena and Lucas Tindall

At one point, she was seen lovingly leaning forward to talk to a little girl, whose mother was cradling her in her arms (pictured)

At one point, she was seen lovingly leaning forward to talk to a little girl, whose mother was cradling her in her arms (pictured)

Anne also thanked the nation for the “support and understanding of my dear brother Charles” in taking on his duties as king.

Anne’s full statement said, “I was lucky enough to share the last 24 hours of my dearest mother’s life. It was an honor and a privilege to accompany her on her last journeys.

Witnessing the love and respect so many have shown on these journeys has been both humbling and uplifting.

“We will all share unique memories. I thank everyone who shares our sense of loss.

We may have been reminded how much of her presence and contribution to our national identity we took for granted.

Meanwhile, the mother of two appeared to be studying different tributes shared by the crowd as she made her way through Glasgow's city center today

Meanwhile, the mother of two appeared to be studying different tributes shared by the crowd as she made her way through Glasgow’s city center today

Dressed in mourning black, the Princess Royal smiled at the crowd as she spoke to members of the public during the Glasgow visit

Dressed in mourning black, the Princess Royal smiled at the crowd as she spoke to members of the public during the Glasgow visit

The Princess Royal appeared in good spirits as she spoke to the crowd of royal fans gathered in Glasgow this afternoon

The Princess Royal appeared in good spirits as she spoke to the crowd of royal fans gathered in Glasgow this afternoon

“I am also so grateful for the support and understanding extended to my dear brother Charles as he takes on the additional responsibilities of the monarch. To my mother, the Queen, thank you.’

She ended her statement with the words, “Thank you to my mother, the Queen.”

Her tribute was shared on the royal family’s Instagram account, along with a photo of Anne and the Queen, which was first released to mark the late monarch’s 90th birthday in 2016. The mother and daughter posed on a sofa in Windsor Castle’s White Drawing Room.

Princess Anne, born in 1950, was the Queen’s second child and only daughter, and even went through a rebellious phase as a teenager, once telling photographers to “don’t touch it.” There were also flirtations, including a kiss and tell from her police bodyguard.

But the Princess Royal, who was known as Prince Philip’s favorite child, came closer to the Queen. The monarch is understood to have come to rely heavily on Anne before her death.

Describing herself as ‘fuddy duddy’, Anne is considered by many to be the hardest-working member of the royal family, with over 20,000 commissions.

The experts believe that the Queen had given her daughter more and more responsibility because she was someone she could trust. She resembled her father in character, with a biographer previously writing, “She goes through with it — she never complains.”

Dressed in mourning black, the Princess Royal looked through floral arrangements for her mother laid outside the city chambers in Glasgow

Dressed in mourning black, the Princess Royal looked through floral arrangements for her mother laid outside the city chambers in Glasgow

Crowds gathered outside City Chambers in Glasgow for Princess Anne's arrival this afternoon (pictured)

Crowds gathered outside City Chambers in Glasgow for Princess Anne’s arrival this afternoon (pictured)

Strong and opinionated, she has a wasp-like sense of humor and is a staunch supporter of “The Firm,” saying of her mother, “She’s remarkable.”

In a rare interview for a BBC1 documentary to mark the anniversary, she said it was “extraordinary” for someone to claim that her mother never cared about her children.

Anne said her mother was never indifferent, although protocol required her children and grandchildren to bow or bow to her and that she spent a lot of time separated from them.

In the interview, Anne explained, “I just don’t believe there’s any evidence to suggest she didn’t care. It’s just unbelievable.’

She added: “I don’t believe for a second that either of us didn’t care about us in exactly the same way as every other mother. I just think it’s extraordinary that someone can understand that maybe that’s not true.’

The princess said she doesn’t understand people who ask her whether she sees the queen as her mother or a monarch: “She’s my mother and the queen.”

The princess was in Scotland when the queen fell ill and stayed at her bedside in Balmoral Castle as senior royals rushed to say their final goodbyes.

Elizabeth II – the country’s longest-reigning monarch – passed away peacefully on Thursday, September 8.

Anne was on duty to escort her mother’s body back to London, with the Queen leaving Scotland for the last time on Tuesday for RAF Northolt.

The Queen’s Oak Casket, accompanied by Anne and her Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence husband, traveled to Buckingham Palace where King Charles III, the Queen Consort, the Prince and Princess of Wales and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex received it.

Also there were the Earl and Countess of Wessex, the Duke of York, Princess Beatrice and husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, Princess Eugenie and husband Jack Brooksbank, Zara and Mike Tindall, Lady Louise Windsor and Viscount Severn, and Princess Margaret’s children, Lady Sarah Chatto and Earl Snowdon.

And earlier this week, Anne made history when she became the first royal to participate in the ‘Vigil of Princes’ – watching over her mother’s coffin alongside her brothers King Charles, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward.

During the 20-minute vigil at Edinburgh’s St Giles’ Cathedral, Princess Anne, wearing her ceremonial naval uniform, kept her eyes on the floor.

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