Today, King Charles III remembers one year since the passing of Queen Elizabeth II.

A portrait of the late Queen Elizabeth II, taken in 1968 by Cecil Beaton, was released to mark the anniversary of her passing, on September 8, 2023.Royal Collection Trust/His Majesty King Charles III/Getty Images
A portrait of the late Queen Elizabeth II, taken in 1968 by Cecil Beaton, was released to mark the anniversary of her passing, on September 8, 2023. Royal Collection Trust/His Majesty King Charles III/Getty Images

London–The royal family of Britain will have a day filled with mixed emotions on Friday as they commemorate the first year of King Charles III’s reign as well as the year anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II’s passing. Both events will take place on the same day.

The late monarch passed away in tranquility on September 8, 2018, at the age of 96, at her retreat at Balmoral. Her passing came just a few months after the historic ceremonies commemorating her Platinum Jubilee, which marked 70 years on the British throne.

The Prince of Wales is now vacationing in Balmoral, an esteemed royal estate located in Aberdeenshire. His mother used to spend her annual summer break at Balmoral. Before the King’s arrival a few weeks ago, there were rumors circulating about whether or not he would carry on the custom, but those rumors have been put to rest now that the King is there.
On the other hand, the King of England has left a brief audio message in which he pays tribute to his mother’s “devoted service.”

Since then, numerous members of the family have been seen entering and exiting the Scottish property on multiple occasions. CNN has been informed by a source close to the royal family that they will have all left by Friday. In addition, there won’t be any events open to the general public there.

A similar approach was taken by Charles’s mother, who frequently spent her own Accession Day in private at Sandringham House, the location where her father King George VI passed away in his sleep in 1952. Charles has decided to handle the deeply personal day by staying out of the public eye, except for a brief appearance after attending church. This is a similar approach to the one his mother took, who often spent her own Accession Day in private at Sandringham House.
“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,” the King remarked. “We remember with great affection her long life.”

“I am extremely thankful for the love and support that has been shown to my wife and I throughout this past year as we have done everything in our power to be of service to you all,” I said. “It means the world to us.”

In addition to the audio message, Charles shared with the public a cherished photograph of his mother that was taken by Cecil Beaton in 1968 and had previously only been viewed in the context of an exhibition. It depicts the Queen, who was 42 years old at the time, smiling as she stands sideways while clothed in her Garter robes. She is adorned with the Grand Duchess Vladimir’s Tiara, which is comprised of fifteen entwined diamond circles.

In the meantime, the Prince and Princess of Wales will celebrate the day by participating in a modest private ceremony in Wales that will pay tribute to the late matriarch’s life there. It is anticipated that he will make a statement on behalf of the family.
The pair plans to go to St. David’s Cathedral in St. Davids, which is the smallest city in Britain and is located in Pembrokeshire. Since David, the patron saint of Wales, moved his monastic order to the area in the sixth century, St. Davids has been a destination for pilgrims and a place of prayer. This has resulted in the city having a history of more than 1,400 years.

Following that, the two will have conversations with members of the community, some of whom have had the opportunity to speak with Queen Elizabeth II on previous occasions during her several trips to the city.

While attending a charity event in London on the eve of the anniversary, the Duke of Sussex gave a speech in which he paid respect to his grandmother and praised the feeling of duty that she possessed.

“As you are aware, I was unable to attend the awards last year due to the passing of my grandmother,” Prince Harry remarked on Thursday during the awards ceremony for the UK charity WellChild, which assists children who are dealing with major health issues.

“As you are also presumably aware, she would have been the very first person to demand that despite the situation, I still come to be with all of you rather than going to her. “And that’s exactly why I know, exactly one year on, that she is looking down on all of us tonight, happy that we are together, continuing to shine the spotlight on such an incredible community,” he added. It has been exactly one year since she passed away.

The duke made a brief trip back to the United Kingdom in order to meet with members of the organization that he has been a patron of for more than ten years. During the short visit, the fifth in line to the throne is not scheduled to see any members of his immediate family, and he will shortly be leaving again for Germany, where he is due to preside over the opening ceremony of his Invictus Games on Saturday. Dusseldorf is located in Germany.

It appears that Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, did not accompany her husband to London, but it is anticipated that she will catch up with him in Germany not long after the start of the games.
The transitional phase comes to an end on the anniversary of the passing of the former queen, and the Carolean era begins in earnest at that point. According to a number of authorities on royal matters, King George VI has spent the last year working to consolidate his two reigns and fortify the monarchy.

According to Vernon Bogdanor, a famous constitutional researcher and historian in the United Kingdom, “the hallmark of his first year, perhaps to the surprise of some, is stability and continuity,” as quoted by CNN.

“Britain is now a multinational state with devolution in four parts,” explained the research professor at the Centre for British Politics and Government at King’s College London. “He visited each part of the UK after his accession, and I think he’s very sensitive and conscious of that,” the professor added. “Britain is now a multinational state with devolution in four parts.” “And on top of that, very sensitive and aware of the fact that Britain is a multicultural society,” the speaker continued.

He continued by stating that Charles is a “modern King” and that he is “arguably more sensitive to these newer aspects than the late Queen.”

According to constitutional law expert and lecturer at Royal Holloway, University of London Craig Prescott, Charles’s first year on the throne couldn’t have gone any better than it did.

“There was just a concern about having the new monarch because it was a new experience for practically the whole country,” said Prescott. “For many people,” he continued, “there was just a concern about having the new monarch.” “It comes as a surprise that not all that much revolutionary activity has taken place.”

He proceeded by saying, “There has been a lot of discussion over the past 30 years about what kind of King Charles would be, and actually, he’s followed the template of his mother quite closely.” This year has been more about maintaining routines than making significant adjustments.

Recent polling in the UK indicated that the majority of individuals asked felt that the King was doing a “good job” in the year following his accession to the throne. This would appear to be reflective of what was discovered in the polling. The findings, on the other hand, provided further evidence of a generational divide regarding the question of whether or not the United Kingdom should continue to maintain a monarchy, with support decreasing with the respondents’ ages.

According to Prescott, the King’s strategy has become somewhat more strategic since he took over, and he has been attempting to address some public disinterest by making nuanced tweaks while he continues to determine the scope of what he is able to accomplish in his new post.

He gave as an example of how he’s making tiny adjustments how the monarch merged the traditional coronation service with some of his current musical choices and the invited congregation during the coronation ceremony. He said this was an example of how he’s making changes to modernize Britain. In addition to that, he stated that there have “been quite a few engagements with elements of diversity and inclusion.”

According to Bogdanor, the King will continue to face the issue of trying to increase support for a historic institution that exists in a modern Britain, particularly among younger generations.

The monarchy cannot continue to operate in the same manner and must adapt in order to keep up with changing circumstances. If it continues for an excessive amount of time, it will lose support. It will lose support if there is no forward movement at all. Bogdanor explained that the challenge lies in striking the appropriate balance.

“Charles is responsible for completing this work. Additionally, he is blessed with the assistance of the Prince of Wales, who will be of great assistance to him in the process of modernization. On the other hand, there is a constant stream of modernization taking place, which the general population is generally unaware of.