On the one-year anniversary of the passing of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, Britain’s King Charles III thanked the populace for their support throughout his first year in the throne.
The 74-year-old British head of state recalled his “great affection” for his mother, her life, and her contributions to society in a brief statement.
“I am deeply grateful, too, for the love and support that has been shown to my wife and myself during this year as we do our utmost to be of service to you all,” he added.
Commemorations will be low key on Friday, with the king — who is at his sprawling Scottish Highland estate of Balmoral — not expected at any official engagement.
He and wife Camilla will attend nearby Crathie Kirk, the late queen’s place of worship, for private prayers and a moment of reflection.
His mother, who was on the throne for a record-breaking 70 years, died at Balmoral aged 96 after a period of declining health.
Throughout her reign she did not publicly mark her accession, as it was also the anniversary of her own father King George VI’s death in 1952.
She spent the day alone at her Sandringham estate in Norfolk, eastern England, when her Platinum Jubilee year started on February 6 of last year.
In London, the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery will greet Charles’s inauguration at noon (1100 GMT) with a ceremonial 41-gun salute.
From the Tower of London, the Honourable Artillery Company, the oldest regiment in the British Army, will fire a 62-gun salute beginning at one thirty.
Both regiments took part in the firing of the Proclamation salute and the Death Gun salute to mark the passing of the queen and the beginning of Charles’s reign, respectively.