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King Charles III

King Charles lays a wreath on behalf of the nation on Remembrance Sunday

Petty Officer Joel Rouse/ UK MOD © Crown copyright 2023

King Charles III laid a wreath on behalf of the nation, bearing a handwritten card with the message “in everlasting remembrance” .

His Majesty took part in the Remembrance Sunday service with the Royal Family at the Cenotaph.

The King wore the greatcoat uniform of the Marshal of the Royal Air Force for the solemn service, and was joined by the Prince of Wales, the Duke of Edinburgh and the Princess Royal in laying wreaths at the Cenotaph.

The King’s wreath featured 41 open-style poppies mounted on black leaves with the ribbon and bow using the colours of the King’s racing silk: scarlet, purple and gold. It is traditional that the Sovereign’s wreath is edged in black leaves.

Queen Camilla, the Princess of Wales, the Duchess of Edinburgh, Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, and the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester watched the service from the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office.

Queen Camilla’s wreath was laid by an equerry on her behalf; the wreath itself was designed to be similar to ones that were laid on behalf of Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother.

Prince William’s wreath featured the three plumes from the Prince of Wales insignia and was tied with a Welsh red ribbon. Catherine, who watched the service with Queen Camilla, wore the Fleet Air Arm brooch on her coat. The Princess was announced as Commodore-in-Chief of the Fleet Air Arm in August.

A wreath from the Duke of Kent was laid on his behalf by an equerry. The 88-year-old royal pulled out of attending the service due to ongoing mobility issues, though it had always been planned for him to watch from the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office.

It has been a busy weekend for the King. On Armistice Day, he and Queen Camilla led the Royal Family in attending the Festival of Remembrance at Royal Albert Hall.

Prior to the annual service, they unveiled new statues of the late Queen Elizabeth II and Duke of Edinburgh. The statues were created to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Royal Albert Hall.

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Jess is the Senior Royal Reporter and Editorial Assistant at Royal Central. Her interest in royalty started in her teenage years, coinciding with The Queen's Golden Jubilee in 2002 and grew from there. She specializes in the British Royal Family (with emphasis on the Cambridges) and the Danish Royal Family, and has provided royal commentary for media outlets in Canada, the United States, the UK and Australia.