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Royal Decision: King Charles III Firmly Declines to Commemorate Anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II’s Passing

In a few weeks’ time, England will celebrate the first sad anniversary of the death of Elizabeth II. While Kate Middleton and Prince William will be speaking publicly, Charles III is expected to retire to one of his mother’s cherished residences.

On 8 September, Charles III will be at Balmoral Castle in Scotland. As England celebrates the sad first anniversary of the death of Elizabeth II, the King will be “stepping back, quietly and privately” at his mother’s favourite residence, where she died at the age of 96, reports the Daily Mail. To honour the memory of her father George VI, a year after his death, the Queen also preferred to retire to Sandringham in Norfolk just after the Christmas holidays.

As Charles III did not speak publicly on this fateful day, his son William and Kate Middleton were expected to do so. During their speech, the Prince and Princess of Wales will “reiterate the importance of honouring her (Elizabeth II’s) legacy and looking to the future”, a source close to Buckingham Palace told the Mirror. The source added that for the time being, the “final details” of the speech “are still being worked out”.

Since the death of Elizabeth II, “the Royal Family has been in transition

As for the broadcast, Buckingham Palace has not yet decided whether the speech will be made on television or on social networks. A royal source explained to our journalists: “The death of Her Majesty was an event that truly marked the end of an era. The Royal Family has been in transition since then and, after the coronation and the end of the summer holidays, there will be a wait to see what happens next”.

Charles III was the first member of the Royal Family to speak publicly on the death of Elizabeth II. During his speech, broadcast on television on 9 September 2022, he promised the British people that he would dedicate his life to them, like his “beloved mother” before him: “I renew to you today my mother’s promise of lifelong service”.

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