As the world marked the one-year anniversary of Queen Elizabeth’s passing on September 8th, 2023, King Charles chose this moment to remember his mother and acknowledge the profound impact she had on both the United Kingdom and the world.
In a poignant and heartfelt gesture, the King released a moving message accompanied by a previously unreleased photograph of the beloved Monarch, while expressing his deep gratitude for the outpouring of love and support he and his family have received since the passing of his beloved mother.
The image of Her late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II was captured at Buckingham Palace on 16th October 1968, as part of an official sitting granted to Cecil Beaton (1904-80). It was chosen by His Majesty The King to mark the anniversary.
“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,” he said.
“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.”
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The King’s moving message served as a catalyst, inspiring people from near and far to pause and reflect upon the incredible life led by the Queen
“May The Queen rest in peace. Long live The King,” one person wrote.
“I will always remember where I was at the moment when I learned that Queen Elizabeth passed.”
“We will never forget her. She is truly missed and I still think about her every day. May she forever rest in peace.”
“I can’t believe it has been 1 year already it feels like yesterday,” commented another.
“There will never be anyone like her!!!”
“Wonderful memories of Her Majesty. Her legacy will live on in her family as they continue to uphold the monarchy.”
The Prince and Princess of Wales also marked the solemn occasion with their own tribute, sharing a collection of captivating photos from the remarkable life of the late Monarch on Instagram.
“Today we remember the extraordinary life and legacy of Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth. We all miss you,” they wrote alongside the treasured memories.
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The beloved Monarch’s 70-year reign came to an end on Thursday, September 8, 2022, at 6.30 pm London time at Balmoral, sparking an outpouring of grief that transcended borders.
Few will ever forget the sombre moment when Buckingham Palace made the historic announcement of the Queen’s passing, a heartbreaking message that will forever remain etched in our collective memory.
“The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon,” the Palace announced at the time.
Her Majesty’s reign left a profound and lasting mark on the world and the United Kingdom, a reign that was marked by numerous defining moments, each of which played a significant role in shaping not only the Monarchy but also the course of history.
Her reign was not just about a title or a crown; it was about duty, service, and a steadfast commitment to her people. Although her passing signified the end of an era, her legacy will continue to shape the world for years to come.