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Why It's Such a Big Deal That Prince Charles Laid a Wreath on Queen Elizabeth's Behalf

Town and Country logo Town and Country 11/11/2018 Caroline Hallemann
a man wearing a hat: Today, the royal family is marking the 100th anniversary of World War I. © Jack Taylor - Getty Images Today, the royal family is marking the 100th anniversary of World War I.

At 92, Queen Elizabeth is showing no sign of slowing down. Just last week, for example, she was spotted horseback riding on the grounds of Windsor Castle. But she has started to pass on some of her responsibilities to the younger members of her family.

This morning, Prince Charles lay a wreath at London's Cenotaph on his mother's behalf during the national service of remembrance. It is the second year the Prince of Wales has performed the duty on Remembrance Day, which this year holds additional significance, as it falls on the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. Additionally, Prince Philip's wreath will be presented by an equerry.

a person wearing a suit and tie walking down the street: Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, and German President, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, attend the annual Remembrance Sunday memorial in London. © Chris Jackson - Getty Images Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, and German President, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, attend the annual Remembrance Sunday memorial in London.
During the event, the Queen watched from the balcony of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office building, as she did last year. Prince Philip, who has retired from public life, did not attend. Elizabeth II et al. wearing military uniforms: Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Queen Elizabeth II and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge watch from a balcony of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office during the annual Remembrance Sunday memorial. © Leon Neal - Getty Images Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Queen Elizabeth II and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge watch from a balcony of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office during the annual Remembrance Sunday memorial.

Last year, the Queen attended with Prince Philip.

a man in a military uniform: Queen Elizabeth got emotional during the Cenotaph wreath laying last year. © Max Mumby/Indigo - Getty Images Queen Elizabeth got emotional during the Cenotaph wreath laying last year.

Many members of the royal family, including the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are also at this morning's event, and have been attending engagements in honor of the WWI anniversary over the past few weeks.

For example, on October 31, Duchess Kate visited the Imperial War Museums to learn about her great uncles who died in conflict. Per the Palace, "Sadly, each of the brothers was killed in action over a period of three years: Maurice in 1915, Lionel in 1916 and Francis in 1917."

a man wearing a military uniform standing in front of a crowd: Prince Harry and Prince William during the annual Remembrance Sunday memorial at the Cenotaph on Whitehall. © Jack Taylor - Getty Images Prince Harry and Prince William during the annual Remembrance Sunday memorial at the Cenotaph on Whitehall.

Last week, Harry visited a memorial garden at Westminster Abbey known as the Fields of remembrance, and just yesterday, senior members of the royal family attended the Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall. But all of the events have been building to today.

Following this morning's ceremony honoring Britain's war dead, members of the royal family will attend a service at Westminster Abbey, which, according to the Evening Standard, will "give thanks for peace and those who returned."

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