King Charles III seemed ready to burst into tears while remembering his late parents. Charles and his wife, Queen Camilla, unveiled new statues in memory of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip on Saturday at the Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance at Royal Albert Hall.
Photos taken of the 75-year-old monarch during the touching event showed what appeared to be tears welling up in his eyes as he looked on with a proud gaze. Charles was tasked with pulling the curtain away from the exquisite statue of his mother, while Camilla, 76, did the honors for Philp’s statue.
The statue unveiling was part of a greater ceremony for Remembrance Day, which recognizes those who have sacrificed their lives to serve and protect the Commonwealth.
Several members of the royal family came together to commemorate the occasion, including Prince William and Kate Middleton, Prince Edward and Sophie, Duchess of Edinburgh, Princess Anne and Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester and Duke of Kent.
Of course, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were not present, but they celebrated Veteran’s Day in California by meeting veterans at Camp Pendleton in San Diego.
King Charles and Camilla’s meaningful statue unveiling came just days after the latter paid tribute to Queen Elizabeth by donning a sentimental shell-shaped brooch that once belonged to her.
The diamond-and-pearl accessory — called the Courtauld Thomson Scallop-Shell Brooch — was “designed in part by Sir Courtauld Thomson, who was the son of a famous Scottish inventor” in 1919, per the Court Jeweller.
Camilla wore it on the first day of her and Charles’ royal tour of Kenya. Kenya is where Elizabeth learned in 1952 that her father, King George VI, had died — making her the queen.
Queen Elizabeth, who was the longest-reigning monarch in British history, died in September 2022 at the age of 96. Following his mother’s death, Charles expressed that it was “a moment of the greatest sadness.”
“We mourn profoundly the passing of a cherished Sovereign and a much-loved Mother,” he wrote in a statement. “I know her loss will be deeply felt throughout the country, the Realms and the Commonwealth, and by countless people around the world.”
Queen Elizabeth’s death came less than two years after the passing of her husband, Prince Philip, who died at 99 years old in April 2021.