King Charles Pays Moving Tribute to Queen Elizabeth on Anniversary of Her Death

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King Charles has issued a tribute to his mother Queen Elizabeth II on the first anniversary of her death, which also marked his accession to the throne. He also marked the occasion by releasing a photograph of her taken in 1968 by Cecil Beaton.

Handout photo dated October 16, 1968 taken by Cecil Beaton, issued by the Royal Collection Trust/His Majesty King Charles III 2023 of the late Queen Elizabeth II to mark the anniversary of her passing.

Charles issued the remarks in the form of an audio message and a signed, written statement, both of which were released, in a departure from tradition, at one minute past midnight, local time.

He said: “In marking the first anniversary of Her late Majesty’s death and my Accession, we recall with great affection her long life, devoted service, and all she meant to so many of us.

“I am deeply grateful, too, for the love and support that has been shown to my wife and myself during this year as we do our utmost to be of service to you all. —Charles R.”

Hours earlier, his son, Prince Harry, had paid tribute to his grandmother in a speech at the WellChild Awards, saying the queen was “looking down on all of us.”

Charles is not expected to make any further public comment on his mother’s passing, and there will be no public commemoration of the anniversary.

Prince Harry Says Late Queen Elizabeth Is ‘Looking Down on All of Us’

Following the precedent set by the queen herself when marking the death of her father King George VI, Charles’ team said he will spend the day in private reflection.

He is understood to be at Balmoral, the Scottish castle where the queen died last year.

Prince William is expected to pay tribute to the queen’s memory when he makes a speech during a visit to Wales on Friday.

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