Charles and Camilla to mark anniversary of Queen Elizabeth IIs death privately

The King and Queen are expected to mark the first anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II’s death privately, it is understood.

Charles, 74, and Camilla, 75, who are on their traditional summer break, will not hold a private family gathering at their Balmoral estate to commemorate the passing of the late monarch and no public event is planned.

Elizabeth II, the UK’s longest-serving monarch, died peacefully at Balmoral, Aberdeenshire, on September 8 last year, aged 96, after reigning for 70 years.

Her death was the moment her son and heir Charles became King, and the date will remain a poignant period for the head of state.

It is understood the King and Queen are not expected to attend any public engagements during the week of the anniversary.

The late Queen used to mark the passing of her father King George VI, who died on February 6 1952, privately at Sandringham.

Charles has carried out a number of firsts during his time as head of state, from carrying out his first overseas state visit to Germany to delivering the inaugural Christmas broadcast.

When the late Queen died last year, the UK was plunged into mourning, after many had only ever known her to be the Monarch.

It signalled a new chapter for the Royal Family and the rest of the country, as King Charles became Monarch – a role for which he had been preparing since the tender age of three.

With his new role came others, as heir to the throne, Prince William, and his wife Kate Middleton became even more senior members of the family.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge became the Prince and Princess of Wales – the titles previously owned by King Charles and Prince William and Prince Harry's late mother, Princess Diana.

The family have pulled ranks even more as they move on toward a future without the Queen, as well as Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle, who now live in the US.

They currently reside in Montecito, California, with their two children, Prince Archie, four, and two year old Princess Lilibet.

It appears they are more estranged than ever from Harry's family, with no thawing of tensions believed to be happening anytime soon.

Since sensationally announcing their decision to step back as working members of the Royal Family in early 2020, Harry and Meghan have launched a number of attacks on the institution.

They famously sat down for a tell-all interview with US chat show host Oprah Winfrey, where they claimed the institution was against them.

Harry levelled even more damaging claims at his family in his memoir, Spare, which was released in January 2023, and included claims that his brother Prince William 'physically attacked him' during an argument in 2019.

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