The Duke of Edinburgh attended a special Evening Song at St. George’s
Chapel in Windsor to mark King Charles’s ascension to the throne. This event
coincided with the first anniversary of King Charles II’s reign and the passing
of Queen Elizabeth II.
Upon the announcement of the late Queen’s death, King Charles
immediately assumed the throne. Photography was not allowed during the
service, as both the Duke and King fell within the line of succession, albeit
with the King’s son and grandchildren placed before them.
Prince Edward has taken on increased responsibilities and tasks since the
Queen’s passing. He is also overseeing the overall ceremony, with Princess
Anne and Prince Edward. The Duke of Edinburgh recently held titles such as
Colonel-in-Chief of the Royal Dragoon Guards and Colonel-in-Chief of the
Queen’s Royal Hussars. In two weeks, it is anticipated that the Duke will
assume the role of Commonwealth Youth Ambassador.
Meanwhile, Prince Harry’s visit to the UK was brief, lasting only 23 hours. He
arrived in London to attend the World Child Awards before being spotted in
Windsor to pay tribute to his late grandmother on the first anniversary of her
passing. On this occasion, senior members of the royal family made sure there
was no possibility of a clash with the King’s presence.
King Charles, accompanied by a small group of Balmoral guests, including the
late Queen’s niece and nephew, Lady Sarah Chatto and the Earl of Snowdon,
arrived at the private memorial service shortly before 10 A.M. The King
appeared solemn in his red Tartan kilt, seated alongside the Queen, who
carried a small posy. The Earl of Snowdon was accompanied by his daughter,
Lady Margarita Armstrong Jones, and Lady Sarah by her husband, Daniel, and
their children, Samuel and Arthur.
While it was a day to celebrate the King, it was also bittersweet, as exactly
a year ago, the world learned of the late Queen’s passing at Balmoral at the
age of 96. King Charles chose to remain at Balmoral, where he had spent the
past few weeks. He and Camilla shared a touching image of the late Queen on
social media, expressing their gratitude for the public’s support over the
past year and pledging to continue their service.
Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall also paid tribute to the late
Queen, remembering her extraordinary life and legacy. Princess Eugenie, one of
the late Queen’s grandchildren, honored her beloved grandmother with a
heartfelt message and an adorable image of herself with the late Queen,
expressing her gratitude for the life of service, love, and dedication Queen
Elizabeth II had given to everyone, her family, and the nation.