October 4, 2023

By Danica Kirka | Related Press

LONDON — With gun salutes and tolling bells, the UK on Friday marked the anniversary of the demise of Queen Elizabeth II and the ascension of King Charles III, who remembered his mom as an emblem of stability throughout her 70-year reign.

Charles and Queen Camilla noticed the anniversary on the household property in Scotland and attended a service of remembrance at a small church close by the place the late queen worshiped.

“In marking the primary anniversary of her late majesty’s demise and my accession, we recall with nice affection her lengthy life, devoted service and all she meant to so many people,” Charles stated in a recorded message. “I’m deeply grateful, too, for the love and assist that has been proven to my spouse and myself throughout this yr as we do our utmost to be of service to you all.”

Army items commemorated the king’s accession to the throne by firing salutes on the Tower of London on the east aspect of the capital and Inexperienced Park close to Buckingham Palace. The bells of Westminster Abbey pealed at 1 p.m.

Inheritor to the throne Prince William and his spouse, Catherine, attended a commemorative service at St. Davids Cathedral in Wales that included prayers stated in each English and Welsh and the singing of the hymn “Thou knowest, Lord, the secrets and techniques of our hearts.”

In a single notable second, the couple walked to a portrait of the prince’s grandmother and the princess laid flowers in entrance of the picture. They then stood in solemn silence.

In the meantime, a member of the general public photographed William’s youthful brother, Prince Harry, leaving St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Fortress, the queen’s ultimate resting place.

Harry, who now not has an official royal function, traveled to London from his dwelling in California to attend a Thursday charity occasion. He wasn’t anticipated to fulfill his father or brother in the course of the go to. Harry is because of attend the Invictus Video games for injured troopers in Germany this weekend, alongside his spouse, Meghan.

Harry informed attendees on the awards ceremony sponsored by WellChild, which helps critically unwell youngsters get the remedy they want at dwelling quite than in a hospital. that his grandmother can be happy with them.

“I do know precisely one yr on that she is wanting down on all of us tonight, joyful we’re collectively, persevering with to highlight such an unbelievable group,” he stated.

The king launched a beforehand unpublished {photograph} of the queen that exhibits her on the top of her energy at age 42. The image by Cecil Beaton, a famous style photographer who typically shot members of the royal household, exhibits Elizabeth within the robes of the Order of the Garter and carrying the Grand Duchess Vladimir’s Tiara, fabricated from 15 interlaced diamond circles.

The queen’s demise triggered an outpouring of nationwide mourning as a whole bunch of hundreds of individuals filed previous her coffin to honor the one monarch most had ever recognized.

“Folks throughout the U.Ok. — whether or not they had the nice fortune to fulfill Her Late Majesty or not — shall be reflecting at present on what she meant to them and the instance she set for us all,” British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak stated in an announcement.

Buddies additionally took to social media to recollect the late and beloved queen. Her senior dresser and confidante, Angela Kelly, posted a black and white picture of the queen with the message: “I’ll always remember you. I’ll at all times love you. I miss you my buddy.”