In a historical moment that marked a shift in her 65-year reign, Queen Elizabeth relinquished the duty of laying a wreath on her behalf for Britain’s fallen soldiers to her son, Prince Charles.
Instead, she chose to stand alongside her husband of almost 70 years as they watched their son take on the sacred duty at the annual Remembrance Sunday service.
Charles, 68, performed the somber ceremony as the Queen, 91, and Prince Philip, 96, looked down from a balcony of the Foreign and Comonwealth Office in London.
This year marks the first time she has been present at the ceremony and not laid a wreath. She has missed the event only six times previously in her record-setting reign – when she was out of the country or pregnant with sons, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward.
Since Philip retired from royal duties in August, he chose to make his tribute from the sidelines. And the Queen followed his lead, wishing to stand with him. Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, also joined them in the balcony.
Sophie Wessex and Princess Alexandra watched from a separate balcony with Kate Middleton, who looked on as Prince William and his brother Prince Harry also each laid a wreath in front of politicians, military leaders and veterans.
After the wreaths were laid, around 10,000 servicemen and women and veterans marched along the grand London street.
Insiders have highlighted the fact that standing in the windy, often-chilly street and then laying the flowers and making the solemn few steps backwards is one of the royal family’s most poignant traditions — and one that was likely often a test for the Queen.
“After taking her oath in Westminster Abbey in 1952, to lay the wreath on behalf of millions of people killed in the First World …read more
Source:: People.com – Royal News