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The Princess of Wales remembers Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey

The Princess of Wales has made a poignant tribute to Queen Elizabeth II by planting a tree in Her Late Majesty’s memory.

The Princess planted the cherry tree at Westminster Abbey as part of the Queen’s Green Canopy, the initiative which began as a way of marking the Platinum Jubilee but which has been extended to become a permanent memorial to Elizabeth II.

Kate planted the tree at the Abbey on December 14th 2022, the day before a special carol service she organised there which also paid tribute to Her Late Majesty.

The wild cherry comes from the estate of the Duchy of Cornwall. Kate is now also Duchess of Cornwall as Prince William immediately inherited the Duchy on becoming heir to the throne.

Next to the tree is a plaque which reads ”This wild cherry tree, a gift from the Duchy of Cornwall, was dedicated in memory ofHer Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Her Royal Highness The Princess of Wales on 14th December 2022.”

The tree was planted as snow lay on the Abbey grounds, during a particularly cold spell of weather in London.

The Queen’s Green Canopy began in October 2022 when Her Late Majesty planted a tree on the Balmoral estate with the help of her eldest son, now King Charles III.

Queen Elizabeth II died at Balmoral on September 8th 2022.

Since the inception of the Queen’s Green Canopy, millions of trees have been planted in the UK and around the world in tribute to Elizabeth II. Ancient woodland has also been dedicated as part of the canopy.

About author

Lydia Starbuck is Jubilee and Associate Editor at Royal Central and the main producer and presenter of the Royal Central Podcast and Royal Central Extra. Lydia is also a pen name of June Woolerton who is a journalist and writer with over twenty years experience in TV, radio, print and online. Her latest book, A History of British Royal Jubilees, is out now. Her new book, The Mysterious Death of Katherine Parr, will be published in March 2024. June is an award winning reporter, producer and editor. She's appeared on outlets including BBC 5 Live, BBC Radio Ulster and BBC Local Radio and has also helped set up a commercial radio station. June is also an accomplished writer with a wide range of material published online and in print. She is the author of two novels, published as e-books. She is also a marriage registrar and ceremony celebrant.