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King Charles Continues Queen's Legacy By Upholding One of Her Last Royal Duties as Monarch
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King Charles Continues Queen's Legacy By Upholding One of Her Last Royal Duties as Monarch

The King laid a new wreath at the Cenotaph, the design of which pays tribute to the wreath of his grandfather, King George VI, and Queen Elizabeth II.

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King Charles is carrying out the duties set out by Queen Elizabeth in what was one of her final actions. Buckingham palace has revealed that Queen Elizabeth appointed six new people to the Order of Merit in early September and now, King Charles will bestow the honor on those chosen by Queen Elizabeth. The honor — the Order of Merit — was founded 120 years ago in 1902 by Edward VII, reported Express. The prestigious honor is a personal gift of the monarch for those that have greatly contributed to the arts, sciences culture, or military. As per the conditions, there can only be 24 living members at one time. It will also be the first time that King Charles carries out his duty as Sovereign of the Order.

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The Queen chose four members of the six from ethnic minorities and a total number of five women have been bestowed with the honor. Broadcaster Baroness Floella Benjamin and nursing expert Dame Elizabeth Anionwu become the first black women to be given the honor. Others chosen by Queen Elizabeth include Sir David Adjaye, an architect, Sir Paul Nurse, a cell biologist, Dr Venki Ramakrishnan, a molecular biologist, and Margaret MacMillan, a Canadian historian.

King Charles III was also in the news this weekend for paying tribute with a wreath in remembrance of the nation's dead at The Cenotaph, for the first time after becoming a monarch, reported People. King Charles led Britain’s annual Remembrance Sunday service for the first time as monarch. At 10:59 am the monarch emerged from the doors accompanied by the royal family members, his son and heir, Prince William, and sister, Princess Anne. The ceremony began around 11:00 am, as the first chimes of Big Ben rang out, a two-minute silence began, he stood raising a salute before the Cenotaph in his role as head of state for the first time. 

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“On #RemembranceSunday, members of The Royal Family attended the National Service of Remembrance, with The King, The Prince of Wales, The Earl of Wessex and The Princess Royal laying wreaths at the Cenotaph,” a statement on the royals’ Instagram read on Sunday, November 13. “A wreath was laid on behalf of The Queen Consort, who joined The Princess of Wales, The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, The Duke of Kent, Princess Alexandra, and Sir Tim Laurence to watch the service from the @foreigncommonwealthoffice balcony.”



 

His Majesty, 73, Prince William, Prince Edward, and Princess Anne all partook in the annual march, which concluded with each member of the foursome laying wreaths. King Charles laid a wreath to pay a tribute to his grandfather, George VI, and mother, Queen Elizabeth. The wreath featured the King's racing colors: scarlet, purple, and gold. The royal racing colors were also incorporated into the wreaths of King Gorge V, King George VI, and Queen Elizawrea. The group’s spouses — Queen Consort Camilla, Princess Kate, Countess Sophie, and Tim Laurence, respectively — watched the procession from the balcony of the Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Office.

The event Sunday also featured a march past by some 10,000 Royal British Legion veterans, including World War Two veterans and those who have served in conflicts since. The annual service is held on the Sunday closest to November 11–the day World War I ended in 1918. The event commemorates all those who have died in conflicts, per US Magazine.

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The prime minister, Rishi Sunak, the Labour leader, Sir Keir Starmer, other party leaders, senior members of the cabinet, military chiefs of staff, and high commissioners also paid tribute by laying wreaths. In a statement, Sunak, attending his first Remembrance Sunday ceremony as prime minister, said that as people fell silent they would “honor the memories of the men and women we have lost, and pay tribute to the brave soldiers of Ukraine as they continue their fight for freedom”, reported The Guardian.

References:

https://people.com/royals/king-charles-attends-remembrance-sunday-first-time-becoming-monarch/

theguardian.com/uk-news/2022/nov/13/king-charles-leads-remembrance-sunday-for-first-time-as-monarch

https://www.usmagazine.com/celebrity-news/pictures/king-charles-iii-prince-william-more-attend-remembrance-service/paying-tribute-13/

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