Devastated Kate Middleton is seen for the first time since the Queen’s death

Kate Middleton, the newly crowned Princess of Wales, has been pictured for the first time since Queen Elizabeth’s death.

The 40-year-old did not rush to Balmoral Castle in Scotland with Prince William on Thursday, but stayed behind in Windsor to pick up their three children from school.

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On Friday, Kate was photographed behind the wheel of her car as she left Windsor looking somber and tired, wearing large black sunglasses and a black top.

She also wore tiny pearl earrings – a royal tradition in times of mourning that dates back to the reign of Queen Victoria.

Kate Middleton dressed in black with tiny pearl earrings, a symbol of mourning. Recognition: MEGA

Prince William, who will now assume the title of Prince of Wales, has not yet released an official statement on his grandmother’s death.

Neither did Prince Harry, who was spotted boarding a British Airways flight back to England from Aberdeen Airport on Friday night Australian time.

Queen Elizabeth died peacefully in Balmoral on Thursday afternoon local time at the age of 96.

Overnight, their son, King Charles III, gave an emotional televised speech in which he bestowed their new titles on William and Kate.

“As my heir, William now takes on the Scottish titles that have meant so much to me,” he said.

“He succeeds me as Duke of Cornwall and assumes responsibility for the Duchy of Cornwall that I have held for more than five decades.

“Today I am proud to make him Prince of Wales, Tywysog Cymru (the Welsh language version of the title), the country whose title I have been so privileged to bear for so much of my life and duty.

“With Catherine by his side, I know our new Prince and Princess of Wales will continue to inspire and guide our national conversations and help bring the marginalized to the fore where vital aid can be provided.”

Left: Kate Middleton on the day Prince William rushed to Scotland. Right: Kate Middleton in mourning after the death of Queen Elizabeth. Recognition: GoffPhotos/Australscope/MEGA

The title Princess of Wales has not been used since the death of William’s mother, Princess Diana, in 1997.

The UK has now entered a 10-day period of mourning, during which the body of Queen Elizabeth will be brought to the Throne Room at Buckingham Palace.

She will then be laid out in Westminster Abbey from the sixth to the ninth day of the mourning period, during which time the public may visit to pay her homage.

A full state farewell will be held on the last day of the mourning period, presided over by the Archbishop of Canterbury.

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