Charles’ eldest son and heir, Prince William, and wife Catherine paid their own tribute to the Queen and will attend a private church service to commemorate her life.
The Prince and Princess of Wales visited the 12th century St Davids Cathedral on the Welsh coast, which has a special stall for the sovereign, and laid flowers in front of a portrait of the late monarch.
“We all miss you,” the couple said on social media.
Meanwhile, William’s younger brother, Prince Harry, who had returned to Britain from his Californian home for an awards ceremony, was pictured on social media at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle where the Queen is buried and where he married wife Meghan in 2018.
There were gun salutes fired in London and across the country. Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said the thoughts of the nation would be with Charles and his family on “the solemn anniversary”.
“With the perspective of a year, the scale of her late majesty’s service only seems greater,” Sunak said. “Her devotion to the nations of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth only seems deeper. And our gratitude for such an extraordinary life of duty and dedication, only continues to grow.”
The Queen’s death marked an end of an era for Britain. During her seven decades on the throne, she became not just Britain’s figurehead but also a huge presence on the world stage.
Polls suggest most Britons have a favourable view of Charles’ reign so far, although younger generations appear much less enthusiastic.
Charles is also still dealing with issues within his own family, most notably the rift with Harry and Meghan, and what to do with his own younger brother, Prince Andrew, who had to quit royal duties over his friendship with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.
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