King Charles III shared a touching tribute to his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, a year after her death.
“As we mark the first anniversary of Her Late Majesty’s death and my accession to the throne, we remember with great affection her long life, her dedicated service and all that she meant to so many of us,” said Charles, 74, wrote via the royal family’s official social media pages on Thursday, September 7th. “I am also deeply grateful for the love and support that has been shown to my wife and I this year as we do our utmost to serve you all.” – Charles R.”
Alongside the heartfelt message, Charles – who ascended to the throne immediately after Elizabeth’s death in September 2022 – shared a video montage. The clip included a picture of young Elizabeth as well as a photo of Charles, his wife Queen Camilla and the late monarch waved to the citizens of the United Kingdom.
Buckingham Palace announced in September 2022 that the queen, who reigned on the British throne for 70 years, had died at the age of 96. After Elizabeth’s coffin was laid out in Scotland and England, the royal family held her state funeral that same month.
Prince William And Princess Kate attended the ceremony with their two eldest children: Prince George10, and Princess Charlotte8. Charles, meanwhile, was joined by Camilla, 75, at the memorial service Prince Harry attended the ceremony with his wife Megan Markle. (The Prince and Princess of Wales’ youngest child, Prince Louis, 5, along with Harry and Meghan’s two children, Prince Archie4, and Princess Lilibet2, were not present at the service.)
Elizabeth’s funeral also served as a reunion between Harry (38), Meghan (42) and the rest of the royals. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been at odds with The Firm since their decision in 2020 to step back from their senior royal duties. The Queen’s funeral was the second time Harry saw his family since moving to California with Meghan. (He attended Prince Philip’s funeral in April 2021.)
“Just recently my brother and I walked the same route [at Elizabeth’s funeral]. And we kind of joked with each other and said, ‘At least we know the way,'” Harry recalled during his ITV interview in January, noting that the day felt “very similar” to his mother Princess Diana’s funeral. “The only difference was the level of emotion. Because our grandmother had ended her life. In my opinion there was more of a celebration, respect and recognition for what she had achieved. Whereas our mother was taken away far too young.” (Diana, who shared Prince William and Prince Harry with Charles, died in August 1997 at the age of 36 after a fatal car accident.)
A source exclusively shared last month Us weekly that Charles, William and Kate were still thinking about how they could properly honor the late queen on the first anniversary of her death.
“William, Kate and Charles are still planning how they will celebrate the Queen’s death, the wounds still feel fresh and it has been difficult for them to find a way to stage a celebration that lives up to the seriousness of it. that the Queen broadcast,” the insider explains. “On September 8th there will be a recognition or event [but] The details are still being clarified.”
The source added that Harry and Meghan “probably wouldn’t be in attendance” should there be an official event, but “Charles will follow his mother’s tradition and use the day with Camilla to reflect in solitude.”