The Duke of Sussex was seen departing from St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle to honor his late grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, on the solemn occasion of the one-year anniversary of her passing. This poignant display of respect took place on Friday, as Her Late Majesty rests in eternal peace alongside her beloved late husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, within the King George VI Memorial Chapel. While the Duke paid his respects publicly, it is understood that other members of the royal family chose to honor the Queen privately at the chapel earlier in the day.
Meanwhile, the King and Queen attended a private church service at Crathie Kirk, located near the Balmoral estate. In a gathering marked by solemnity and shared remembrance, Charles and Camilla were joined by the King’s cousins, Lady Sarah Chatto and the 2nd Earl of Snowdon. The presence of these respected family members illustrates the bond of kinship and the enduring sense of duty that unites the royal family during times of reflection and remembrance.
Prince Harry’s appearance at St George’s Chapel follows his heartfelt tribute to his late grandmother during his speech at the WellChild Awards in London on Thursday evening. Reflecting on the events that transpired 12 months ago, the Duke recounted how he was compelled to rush to Balmoral, Aberdeenshire, when the Queen fell ill and consequently could not attend the awards ceremony. Acknowledging the Queen’s unwavering commitment to others, Harry spoke with profound gratitude, stating, “She would have been the first person to insist that I still come to be with you all instead of going to her.” The Duke’s words eloquently conveyed the strength of the Queen’s spirit, assuring all present that she watches over them with pride, even as they continue to shine a light on their remarkable community.
Prince Harry’s tribute to his grandmother precedes his upcoming visit to Germany for the opening ceremony of the Invictus Games Dusseldorf on Saturday. This international event holds significant meaning for the Duke, as he founded the Invictus Games to honor wounded, injured, and sick servicemen and women. Joined by his wife, the Duchess of Sussex, who will fly from California to attend the Games, the couple will demonstrate their shared commitment to supporting and uplifting those who have sacrificed so much for their countries. Through their presence and actions, the Duke and Duchess mirror the Queen’s lifelong dedication to service, an enduring legacy that lives on in their hearts.
In the debut episode of HELLO!’s A Right Royal Podcast, guests were treated to a truly special journey down memory lane. Noted writer and broadcaster Gyles Brandreth, alongside acclaimed photographer Julian Calder, shared their cherished memories of the late Queen, offering a unique and personal perspective on the remarkable woman she was. As the listener becomes privy to their reflections and anecdotes, it becomes evident that Queen Elizabeth II’s impact reaches far beyond the realm of official duties and royal protocol. Through their stories, the podcast serves as a heartfelt homage to Her Late Majesty’s warmth, compassion, and dedication to duty.
As the Duke of Sussex pays tribute to Queen Elizabeth II on the one-year anniversary of her passing, the royal family comes together in solemn remembrance. Through their public and private acts of commemoration, they honor not only the Queen herself but also the enduring values she embodied. As the Duke prepares to embark on yet another chapter of service to others, his words at the WellChild Awards remind us of the Queen’s indomitable spirit and the abiding legacy she leaves behind. And as the world listens to the touching stories shared in HELLO!’s podcast, her memory lives on in the hearts and minds of those who knew her best.