Queen Elizabeth II, the UK’s longest-reigning queen who wore the crown of England for an astounding 70 years, died on September 8, 2022, while vacationing at her beloved Balmoral. She was 96 years old.
Friday commemorates not just the first anniversary of her death, but also the first anniversary of King Charles’ accession to the throne, making it an especially sad day for His Majesty.
So far, the King has followed in his mother’s footsteps, spending weeks in late summer and early fall at Balmoral in the Scottish Highlands.
This implies that the King and Queen Camilla will be in the castle where Queen Elizabeth died on the anniversary of her death, however, it is unlikely that they would hold a public ceremony to commemorate the occasion.
TSZ Newz looks at how King Charles will mark this most important anniversary for him and the country.
Buckingham Palace has confirmed that the King and Queen Consort will observe the anniversary “quietly and privately” on the day itself, as they spend the first couple of weeks of September at Balmoral.
The Queen’s Scottish residence was one of her absolute favorites, and it remains the Firm’s preferred site for a restful and peaceful vacation in stunning settings.
When Charles and Camilla visit Balmoral, they prefer to stay at Birkhall, their private residence on the estate, where they love tending the gardens and getting out in nature.
They are considering holding a private service in remembrance of Her Late Majesty, similar to how the Queen commemorates the death of her own father, King George VI, on February 6 every year.
Every year, Elizabeth would spend the anniversary of her father’s death in solitude and peaceful contemplation in Sandringham, where he died.
According to former BBC royal correspondent Jennie Bond, the King is expected to find “great solace” in mimicking his mother’s approach to mourning and recollection.
She said: “I think the King has shown that he wants to emulate his mother in many ways – and that includes her tradition of marking the anniversary of King George VI’s death away from the public gaze. She always spent the day privately at Sandringham.
“Charles paid the most handsome tribute to the late Queen at the time of her death. She was, he said, an inspiration and example to the whole family. So he has already eloquently said his piece and now he will follow her example by marking the anniversary in the tranquility of the Balmoral estate.”
She added: “He finds great solace walking among the hills of Scotland, and that’s probably what he’ll do.
“The fact that he has asked William and Catherine to lead a public tribute speaks volumes about how much he trusts and relies on them to support him in all that he now has to do.”
The Prince and Princess of Wales will be in St David’s that day, leading public tributes at the cathedral, where William will pay tribute to his grandmother’s life and legacy while also “looking to the future.”
He will not, however, address the cathedral’s congregation directly.
A source said: “It will be an emotional day for all the Royal Family, as well as many people across Britain, recognizing this date. But of course, for others, it will be just another day and life goes on.”