King Charles and Camilla arrive for poignant service in Scotland in memory of the Queen one year on from her death | The Sun

KING Charles and Camilla have arrived for a service in Scotland in memory of the Queen.

Today marks one year since Queen Elizabeth II’s death – after she reigned over Britain for 70 years and 214 days.

Today her son looked solemn as he arrived with his wife at Crathie Kirk for a poignant event at the church where the late Queen worshipped.

The King and Queen were joined by the late Queen's niece and nephew, Lady Sarah Chatto and the Earl of Snowdon.

Elizabeth II was close to her sister Princess Margaret's children, especially Lady Sarah.

The earl was accompanied by his daughter Lady Margarita Armstrong-Jones, and Lady Sarah by her husband Daniel and children Samuel and Arthur.


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Charles and Camilla left Crathie Kirk after private prayers and a moment of reflection on the life of the late monarch lasting about 30 minutes.

The couple then made their way over to speak to well-wishers gathered close to the church, who included Balmoral Estate staff, members of the royal household and the public.

Former dean of the Chapel Royal in Scotland Iain Torrance was giving the sermon.

It comes after Charles and Camilla, 76, chose to stay last night at Balmoral Castle — where Queen Elizabeth passed away.

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They slept at her favourite property rather than at their own Scottish home at Birkhall seven miles away.

Sources say they spent time thinking back on the late monarch’s last moments and her 70 years of service.

It is thought a small number of family members have remained for the day. 

One year on from the Queen's death…

  • Princess Kate and Prince William have led tributes to the late Queen, saying "we'll miss you" as they shared sweet pics of her with the great-grandkids
  • Sun Royal photographer Arthur Edwards has shared his favourite snaps of the Queen
  • Harry said he knew his grandmother would be "happy we’re together" as he attended an event in London last night
  • The King shared a poignant message to the Queen

They do not include the King’s brothers Prince Andrew and Prince Edward and sister Princess Anne, who have returned south from their break on the Scottish estate.

His sons Prince William and Prince Harry are not there either.

William and Kate will join a private church service at St David’s Cathedral in Wales today, to commemorate Queen Elizabeth’s life.

They will then meet members of the local community in the cloister before any well-wishers waiting outside.

Harry — who in the past year has slammed his family in a Netflix docuseries and bombshell memoir Spare — flew without wife Meghan to London yesterday for a charity gala. 

The Sussexes did not a receive an invite to spend the anniversary with the firm.


This morning William and Kate led tributes to the Queen on the one year anniversary of her death.

The Prince and Princess of Wales posted pictures of the late monarch on Instagram with a touching caption.

They wrote: "Today we remember the extraordinary life and legacy of Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth.

"We all miss you. W & C."

They included photos of the Queen with her beloved corgis, as well as a snap of Her Majesty with all her great-grandkids, including Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, and her two youngest grandchildren.

The Waleses were also pictured on the Buckingham Palace balcony with the late Queen and the now-King during the Platinum Jubilee celebrations, with another image of the Queen dressed in a vibrant blue coat and hat.

Princess Eugenie also took to Instagram to pay tribute.

She wrote: "Thinking of you today. Missing you so much but remembering what a life of service, love and dedication to everyone and to your family, who loved you so very much.

"Forever grateful to you. And always in my heart."

And Sarah Ferguson said: "You were a wonderful friend, a mentor, a second mother to me and grandmother to my daughters who share so much of your courage and heart.

"You will always be loved and missed by our family and our nation."

Along with a picture of herself with two of the late Queen's corgis she added: "As we mourn a year on, we also celebrate the wonderful times we shared with Her Late Majesty the Queen.

"She entrusted me with the care of her corgis Sandy and Muick and I am delighted to say they are thriving."

The late Queen's senior dresser and confidante Angela Kelly also posted a moving tribute, expressing her love for her friend.

She wrote: "I will never forget you. I will always love you. I miss you my friend".

It was followed with a black heart emoji and a black and white photo of Ms Kelly with the Queen, who was smiling broadly, dressed in robes and the glittering Diamond Diadem.

Ms Kelly, the late Queen's personal adviser and curator, senior dresser and in-house designer, worked for the monarch for more than 25 years.

It comes after the King recorded a message and released a favourite photograph of his mother.

Charles, in words written, and audio spoken, at Balmoral Castle and recorded on Thursday, said he recalled with "great affection her long life, devoted service and all she meant to so many of us".

He said: "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."

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The formal colour photograph chosen by Charles was taken by Cecil Beaton and shows her aged 42 in 1968.

She is standing sideways and smiling in her Garter robes and wearing the Grand Duchess Vladimir's Tiara, made of 15 interlaced diamond circles.

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