Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor were the first to offer condolences to the Perak royal family, led by the Regent of Perak Raja Dr Nazrin Shah.
Najib and wife, who were accompanied by Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir, arrived at the palace around 8.45am on Thursday.
The Prime Minister, who is on an official visit to China, returned to Malaysia on Wednesday night and would be flying back to Beijing to resume his trip to mark Malaysia-China 40 years in diplomatic ties.
Among those earliest to arrive at Istana Iskandariah to pay their respects were SPAD chairman Tan Sri Syed Hamid Albar, Sapura Kencana president and group chief executive officer Tan Sri Shahril Shamsuddin and state executive councillors.
Gerakan president Datuk Mah Siew Keong took time off from his campaign for the Teluk Intan polls to offer condolences to the royal family.