Britain’s King Charles will lead Remembrance Sunday for the first time as monarch


King Charles III will lead the annual Remembrance Sunday service in Britain for the first time as a monarch.

The King will attend the service alongside Camilla, the Queen Consort and other members of the Royal Family at the Cenotaph in central London.

The king will lay a new crown, the design of which pays homage to the crown of his grandfather, King George VI, and Queen Elizabeth II.

The crown’s poppies are mounted on a black leaf arrangement, as is traditional, and its ribbon bears the King’s racing colors of scarlet, purple and gold.

Camilla will view the service from the balcony of the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office. A wreath will be laid in his name for the first time.

The king’s and queen consort’s crowns will come with handwritten cards bearing their new numerals.

Other royals expected to attend the service on Sunday include William and Kate, the Prince and Princess of Wales, Edward and Sophie, the Earl and Countess of Wessex and Princess Anne.

The annual service takes place on the Sunday closest to November 11 – the day the First World War ended in 1918.

The event commemorates all those who have died in conflict.

On Saturday evening, members of the Royal Family, including Charles, Camilla, William and Kate, attended the annual Royal British Legion Remembrance Festival at the Royal Albert Hall. A video tribute was paid to Queen Elizabeth during the event, which also commemorated 40 years of the Falklands War.

Charles, 73, became British monarch following the death of his mother in September. Her coronation is scheduled for next May to allow time to mourn Elizabeth’s death and plan the ceremony.

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