King Charles paid a poignant tribute to his late mother, Queen Elizabeth II, on Friday on the first anniversary of her death.
Charles eulogized the late monarch, who was Britain’s longest-reigning ruler, in a pre-recorded speech which was recorded and written at Balmoral Castle.
The castle, located in Scotland, was the late Her Majesty’s favorite royal residence. This is also where she died on September 8, 2022.
Charles recalled “with great affection her long life, her dedicated service and all that she meant to many of us”.
“As we mark the first anniversary of the death of Her late Majesty and of my accession, we remember with great affection her long life, her dedicated service and all that she meant to many of us,” said the king in his tribute.
“I am also deeply grateful for the love and support that has been shown to my wife and I over this year as we do our utmost to serve you all.”
Alongside the tribute, an image of the late Queen, 42, dressed in her garter dress and wearing Grand Duchess Vladimir’s tiara was shared.
The official color photograph, taken by Cecil Beaten in 1968, was personally chosen by the King to commemorate this anniversary.
In London, a 41-gun salute will take place in Hyde Park in remembrance of the late monarch.
In another Instagram tribute, a color photograph of the late Queen was shared on Friday morning.
“In loving and eternal memory,” the image was captioned. “Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, from April 21, 1926 to September 8, 2022.”
King Charles and his wife Queen Camilla are not expected to make a public appearance and will spend the day “quietly and privately” reflecting on the Balmoral estate.
It has been reported that the King did not invite Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to the Royal Family gathering marking the first anniversary of the Queen’s death, despite being in Europe for the Invictus Games the following day.
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The Duke and Duchess of Suss*x, whose rift with the Cabinet is raging, are due to land in Düsseldorf, Germany, just 24 hours after meeting the Royal Family at Balmoral.
But sources told The Sun that “no outreach has been made to them.”
The couple’s trip to Germany will mark their first joint appearance in Europe since the late monarch’s funeral on September 19, 2022.