Queen Elizabeth II Remembered A Year After Her Death As Gun Salutes Ring Out For King Charles III

(AP) — With gun salutes and tolling bells, the United Kingdom on Friday marked the anniversary of the death of Queen Elizabeth II and the ascension of King Charles III, who remembered his mother as a symbol of stability during her 70-year reign.

Charles and Queen Camilla observed the anniversary at the family estate in Scotland and attended a service of remembrance at a small church nearby where the late queen worshipped.

“In marking the first anniversary of her late majesty’s death and my accession, we recall with great affection her long life, devoted service and all she meant to so many of us,” Charles said in a recorded message.

“I am deeply grateful, too, for the love and support that has been shown to my wife and myself during this year as we do our utmost to be of service to you all.”

Military units commemorated the king’s accession to the throne by firing salutes at the Tower of London on the east side of the capital and Green Park near Buckingham Palace.

The bells of Westminster Abbey pealed at 1 p.m.

Heir to the throne Prince William and his wife, Catherine, attended a commemorative service at St Davids Cathedral in Wales that included prayers said in both English and Welsh and the singing of the hymn “Thou knowest, Lord, the secrets of our hearts.”

In one notable moment, the couple walked to a portrait of the prince’s grandmother and the princess laid flowers in front of the image. They then stood in solemn silence.