A Very Emotional King Charles Looks on as New Statue of Queen Elizabeth Is Unveiled

The whole royal fam was in attendance

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King Charles fought back tears as a new statue of his late mother, Queen Elizabeth II, was unveiled.

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On November 11, the monarch, 74, and his wife, Queen Camilla, 76, attended the unveiling of the new statues of his late parents—Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip—which are being showcased at the Royal British Legion’s annual “Festival of Remembrance” at Royal Albert Hall. (FYI, the statues of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert were also revealed to mark Royal Albert Hall’s 150th anniversary.)

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One particularly moving photo snapped at the unveiling shows an emotional King Charles looking up at the statue of his late mom.

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Prince Philip (aka the former Duke of Edinburgh) died at the age of 99 on April 9, 2021. Queen Elizabeth II passed away on September 8, 2022, at the age of 96.

During this year’s festival, King Charles and Queen Camilla were accompanied by Prince William, Kate Middleton, Prince Edward and Sophie (Duchess of Edinburgh), Princess Anne and her husband, Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence. In addition, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester and Prince Edward (the Duke of Kent) also made an appearance.

The king’s mood wasn’t strictly melancholy at the event. As seen in the photo below, there were moments of levity such as the monarch talking to his wife with a smile on his face. Every royal family member at the event donned red poppy pins, which pay homage to all the soldiers’ lives lost in commemoration of Remembrance Day.

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Quite the beautiful statue.

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