After celebrating the Commonwealth Day this Monday, March 13, the weekend of Charles III does not look under the best auspices. For the first time, the king will celebrate a major event without Elizabeth II.
While the Commonwealth Day gathered nearly 2,000 congregations at Westminster Abbey this Monday, March 13, Great Britain is getting ready to celebrate a completely different holiday: that of mothers. Scheduled for next June in France, the British are preparing to pay tribute to all the country’s mothers this Sunday, March 19. For Charles III, the event will be different from previous years, as our colleagues from Hello! have noticed. For the first time, the celebrations will be without Queen Elizabeth II, who died in September 2022.
Since his accession to the throne, the former Prince of Wales has not failed to honor the memory of his mother. This Monday, March 13, Elizabeth II was still in his thoughts as he dedicated a few words to her in his Commonwealth Day speech: “This day was the pride of my beloved mother, the late Queen – a precious opportunity to celebrate our Commonwealth family to which she dedicated her long and remarkable life,” he said. Charles III had previously expressed his admiration and gratitude to the late Queen on numerous occasions, one of the most notable being his first speech as monarch: “My dearest mother, as you embark on your last great journey to join my dearest dad, I just want to say this: thank you,” Charles III said.
Moments of mother-son complicity
For Mother’s Day 2022, Charles III, still Prince of Wales at the time, had shared pictures showing him very complicit with Elizabeth II. But that’s not all! To honor the mothers as it should be, the queen consort Camilla and her mother, Rosalind Cubitt Shand, who died in July 1994, appeared all smiles in pictures on the Twitter account of Clarence House. Indeed, in parallel to her activity as queen, Elizabeth II was at the head of a tribe of four children: Charles was born in 1948, he will be joined two years later by his sister, Princess Anne. In 1960 and 1964, Andrew of York and Edward of Edinburgh were born. On May 6, Charles will be crowned at Westminster Abbey in London. To conclude the historic event, the celebrations will be followed by a public holiday on Monday, May 8.
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