King Charles has paid tribute to his late mother, Queen Elizabeth II, on what would have been her 97th birthday. The royal family's official social media accounts shared a touching photograph of the late Queen wearing a pale blue outfit and matching hat. The image was taken at the Ceremony of the Keys at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh in June 2022, just months before the Queen's death at the age of 96 in Balmoral.
In the caption posted on the royal family's Instagram account, they wrote, “Today we remember the incredible life and legacy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, on what would have been her 97th birthday. When Her Majesty was born in April 1926, Princess Elizabeth and her family did not expect that she would one day become Queen. Following the abdication of her uncle King Edward VIII in 1936, her father acceded to the throne. When King George VI died in February 1952, Princess Elizabeth became Queen Elizabeth II when she was just 25. Her Majesty went on to be Britain's longest-reigning Monarch – the only one in history to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee.”
The Instagram post received many tributes from fans, with one writing, “Happy heavenly birthday to our dearly missed Queen.” Another person wrote, “Happy heavenly 97th birthday ma'am…x.” While a third added, “What a wonderful woman. Rest in peace.”
Sarah, Duchess of York, who remained close to the late Queen even after her divorce from Prince Andrew in 1996, also paid tribute to her mother-in-law on her Instagram account. She wrote, “Today would have been Her Late Majesty the Queen’s 97th birthday, and I will spend the day thinking of her. For over 70 years, she was a constant and steadfast presence in our national life, and for me, she was a wonderful mother-in-law, friend and adviser. I miss her more than words can express.”
The King and Queen Consort were thought to have spent time in Scotland this week after attending church at Crathie Kirk last Sunday. It is no doubt a period of quiet reflection for the royal family as they remember a much-loved mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.
The late Queen's birthday comes just two days before her great-grandson, Prince Louis, turns five on Sunday. The royal family will undoubtedly have mixed emotions as they celebrate Prince Louis's birthday while remembering the late Queen's special day.
In conclusion, King Charles and the royal family have paid tribute to the late Queen Elizabeth II on what would have been her 97th birthday. It is a day for remembering the incredible life and legacy of a much-loved monarch who was a constant presence in national life for over 70 years. Her memory lives on, and her contribution to the monarchy and to the United Kingdom will never be forgotten.