England commemorates the first anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II’s death. Photo/Sky News
LONDON – Ceremonial gunfire was heard across England on Friday (8/9/2023) to mark the accession of King Charles III, as he paid tribute to his mother, the late Queen Elizabeth II, on the first anniversary of her death.
The King’s Army Royal Horse Artillery fires a 41-gun salute to the Accession in London’s Hyde Park, followed by a 62-gun salute from the Tower of London.
Guns also fired from Edinburgh Castle in the Scottish capital, Cardiff Castle in Wales and Hillsborough Castle in Northern Ireland.
Queen Elizabeth II’s death anniversary was kept low-key on Friday, as the monarch – currently in the Balmoral area in the Scottish Highlands – was not expected to attend any official events.
In a brief statement, the 74-year-old British head of state recalled his “great affection” for his mother, her life and her public service.
“I am also very grateful for the love and support that has been shown to my wife and I over this year as we did our best to serve you all,” he added as reported by News.com.au.
King Charles III and his wife, Camilla, attended Crathie Kirk, the late king’s place of worship near Balmoral, for a private prayer and moment of reflection.
King Charles, wearing a red tartan skirt, spoke to well-wishers outside the church after the event.
“I saw the funeral procession go by last year, it was a sad day for everyone,” Ross Nichol, a 22-year-old student from nearby Ballater, told AFP.
“He does a lot of good things and has a reputation in the world,” added German tourist Nicole Hoppe.