Royal family release an emotional never seen before picture of the late queen.

Royal Family Shares Unseen Picture of Queen Elizabeth

In a heartfelt tribute marking the first anniversary of Queen Elizabeth’s passing, the royal family has unveiled a previously unseen photograph of the late Queen. This poignant image captures Queen Elizabeth at the age of 42 in October 1968, taken by renowned photographer Cecil Beaton within the regal confines of Buckingham Palace. While several images from this collection had been shared previously, this particular photograph, showcasing the Queen in a lilac dress beaming at the camera, is believed to be a novel addition.

A Touching Memory on Social Media

The royal family shared this cherished image on their official social media page, accompanied by the poignant words: ‘In loving and everlasting memory.’ The caption further paid tribute to Queen Elizabeth’s remarkable life, noting her birthdate, “Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, 21st April 1926 – 8th September 2022.” Among the captivating images in this collection, one graces the walls of the National Portrait Gallery, capturing the Queen’s radiant smile.

The Cambridge Pearl Pendant Brooch

These photographs not only immortalize Queen Elizabeth but also feature her wearing the Cambridge pearl pendant brooch. This historic piece, over 140 years old, originally belonged to Princess Augusta of Hesse-Kassel, the wife of Prince Adolphus, Duke of Cambridge, before becoming an heirloom passed down to Queen Elizabeth from her grandmother. Queen Elizabeth notably adorned this brooch during significant moments, including a portrait on her 50th birthday at Windsor Castle in 1976 and a Christmas broadcast in 1971. Her Majesty also wore it during receptions in 2018 and 2019 at Buckingham Palace, marking various occasions.

A Moving Tribute from the King

On this solemn occasion, King Charles offered a deeply moving tribute to his beloved mother, Queen Elizabeth. In an unusual departure from tradition, reflecting the profound impact of the nation’s grief and admiration for her extraordinary public service, the King recalled his mother’s enduring legacy. Originally planning for a moment of “quiet contemplation” at home in Scotland, King Charles was moved by the global outpouring of grief following Queen Elizabeth’s passing. Consequently, he chose to stay at Balmoral Castle, where his mother had passed away, taking solace in the familiar surroundings of the Scottish Highlands.

A Place of Comfort and Reflection

King Charles and Queen Camilla opted to remain at Balmoral Castle on this significant day, surrounded by those who held Queen Elizabeth dear. They found comfort in staying overnight and sharing this reflective time within the castle, choosing not to return to their own home at Birkhall as initially planned. A source shared that being immersed in the familiarity of the surroundings brought solace during this poignant anniversary.

The Prince and Princess of Wales’ Private Service

Meanwhile, the Prince and Princess of Wales, William and Kate, have planned a private service in Wales to commemorate the first anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II’s passing. They will attend St Davids Cathedral in St Davids, a historic site that has witnessed over 1,400 years of pilgrimage and worship. This cathedral holds a special significance, as it is the only one in the UK where the sovereign has a dedicated stall in the quire. Queen Elizabeth II visited St Davids Cathedral in 1955 during her reign, making this anniversary visit a poignant moment for the royal family.

A Message from King Charles

In a heartfelt message, King Charles expressed his gratitude for the love and support he and his wife have received during this challenging year of transition. He recalled Queen Elizabeth’s devoted service and the deep affection she garnered throughout her life. Accompanying this message was a previously unreleased portrait of Queen Elizabeth taken by Cecil Beaton in 1968, handpicked by the King for its captivating portrayal of his mother’s spirit at the age of 42.

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