This September 8 marks the first anniversary of the passing of Queen Elizabeth II and her son Charles, the current King has released some moving words in her honor.
Through the Royal Family’s official social media, King Charles III issued a moving statement reflecting on his mother’s legacy.
King Charles’ message on the anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II’s passing
In his statement, King Charles recalled the Queen’s 70-year reign: “We recall with great affection her long life, devoted service and all she meant to so many of us.”
He expressed his gratitude for the displays of affection and support he and Queen consort Camilla have received this past year in carrying out their duties.
“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.
I am deeply grateful, too, for the love and support that has been shown to my wife and myself during this year as we do our utmost to be of service to you all.”
Along with the solemn message, a previously unreleased portrait of the late Queen was shared which was taken in 1968.
What’s behind the unreleased photo of Elizabeth II?
According to the Royal Family website, the unpublished photograph of Queen Elizabeth II was taken in October 1968 at Buckingham Palace by famed photographer Cecil Beaton.
King Charles personally selected the regal image to commemorate the bittersweet anniversary.
The iconic portrait shows a 42-year-old Queen in glamorous attire and wearing the Vladimir tiara.
Cecil Beaton first photographed the then Princess Elizabeth in 1942.
Over the decades, he portrayed the Queen and other royals, with the 1968 session being the last.
The image was first shown in Beaton’s retrospective exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery in London shortly after it was taken.
In his first year as monarch, King Charles honors the life and legacy of his beloved mother, while ushering in a new era for the British Crown.
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.
I am deeply grateful, too, for the love and support that has been shown to my wife and myself during… pic.twitter.com/NfM6LDWTA0
— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) September 7, 2023
The King and Queen are expected to spend Queen Elizabeth’s first birthday in private. William and Kate, meanwhile, may lead public tributes this Friday.