King Charles and Queen Camilla Attend Church Service on Late Queen Elizabeth's 98th Birthday

King Charles and Queen Camilla attended a church service on what would have been Queen Elizabeth II's 98th birthday, honoring her legacy amid health challenges facing the royal family.

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King Charles and Queen Camilla Attend Church Service on Late Queen Elizabeth's 98th Birthday

King Charles and Queen Camilla Attend Church Service on Late Queen Elizabeth's 98th Birthday

On April 21, 2024, King Charles III and Queen Camilla attended a church service at Crathie Kirk near Balmoral Castle in Scotland on what would have been the late Queen Elizabeth II's 98th birthday. The royal couple was photographed arriving at the church to pay tribute to the late monarch on her birthday, marking the second anniversary of Queen Elizabeth's passing in September 2022 at the age of 96.

King Charles, 75, who is currently undergoing treatment for an undisclosed form of cancer, was seen driving himself and Queen Camilla, 76, to the church service. Despite his health issues, the King has resumed some public engagements, including a surprise walkabout after an Easter church service and an appearance in London with Queen Camilla.

Tributes poured in for the late Queen throughout the day, including a touching message from Sarah, Duchess of York, who was entrusted with the care of the Queen's beloved corgis after her passing. The Duchess of York shared that she likes to continue the late monarch's ritual of breaking a Digestive biscuit for the dogs, as she believes the corgis can remember the Queen's "little hands" when she did the same.

The church outing was one of the King's more public appearances since announcing his cancer diagnosis in February, which led him to postpone most public-facing duties. The royal family's health has been a trending topic, with Princess Kate Middleton also announcing her cancer diagnosis in March and temporarily withdrawing from public duties.

Why this matters: The public appearance of King Charles and Queen Camilla at the church service on the late Queen Elizabeth's birthday demonstrates the royal family's commitment to honoring her legacy, even amidst personal health challenges. It also highlights the ongoing public interest in the well-being and activities of the royal family members.

Westminster Abbey, where Queen Elizabeth's coronation and funeral took place, also commemorated her posthumous birthday on their official Instagram account. Ascot Racecourse paid tribute to the late Queen by posting a video of her cheering her horse to victory in the 2013 Gold Cup. The royal family is expected to spend the day privately reflecting on the late Queen, with potential tributes and toasts in her honor.

Key Takeaways

  • King Charles III and Queen Camilla attended church on Queen Elizabeth II's 98th birthday.
  • King Charles, 75, is undergoing cancer treatment but has resumed some public engagements.
  • Sarah, Duchess of York, continues the Queen's ritual of feeding the corgis Digestive biscuits.
  • Princess Kate Middleton also announced a cancer diagnosis and withdrew from public duties.
  • The royal family and public venues honored the late Queen's birthday with tributes and reflections.