Prince William and the Princess of Wales set to deliver public message without King Charles after summer break

Prince William and the Princess of Wales are reportedly going to be delivering a public message within a matter of weeks

Prince William and the Princess of Wales set to deliver public message. Seen here are Prince William and Catherine, Princess of Wales during a visit to Carrickfergus
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Prince William and the Princess of Wales are reportedly set to deliver a public message without King Charles after their summer break. 

After what has been an incredibly busy year the Prince and Princess of Wales are enjoying a well-deserved break with their children. Whilst Prince William interrupted his family summer holiday to send a message of support, both he and Kate typically remain offline and private throughout August. But whilst we might not know what Prince William and Kate’s first royal duty back afterwards will be, there’s apparently a major duty looming. And it’s one King Charles won’t be a part of as the Prince and Princess of Wales will deliver a public message together around the first anniversary of Queen Elizabeth’s death on 8th September. 

Catherine, Princess of Wales, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince William attend Vernon Park

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According to The Mirror, the future King and Queen Consort will be leading the public tributes to the late Queen Elizabeth on this heart-wrenching anniversary. It’s reported that they will deliver a public message honouring both the life and legacy of Queen Elizabeth. This message will supposedly also “look forward” to the future and it’s not yet known what form it will take - either in person or via social media.

“Her Majesty’s passing was an event that truly ­signified the end of an era,” a royal source claimed. “The Royal Family has been in ­transition since then and following the Coronation and conclusion of the summer holidays, there will be an expectation to see what is next.”

Prince William, Prince of Wales and Catherine, Princess of Wales view floral tributes left at the entrance to Sandringham House

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The Prince and Princess of Wales will most likely be back at Adelaide Cottage in Windsor by the time of this poignant anniversary as term time at Lambrook school begins for Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis on 6 September.

So it’s possible they could decide to deliver the message in person, however, it’s perhaps more likely that given the poignant nature of this anniversary, it might well be pre-recorded. 

Either way, it’s something that Prince William and Kate will be delivering without His Majesty. It was recently confirmed exactly how King Charles will be honouring this date and he’ll be doing so “quietly and privately”. It was also suggested that there are no plans for any kind of official private gathering of the immediate and extended Royal Family on 8th September. 

The King's decision echoes the one made by Queen Elizabeth throughout her reign as she used to spend the anniversary of her father King George VI’s death in private at Sandringham. In his absence on 8th September, Prince William and the Princess of Wales’ speech could end up echoing similar themes in praising Queen Elizabeth’s life and service that featured in King Charles’ first address as monarch.

"Her dedication and devotion as Sovereign never waivered, through times of change and progress, through times of joy and celebration, and through times of sadness and loss,” he declared. "In her life of service we saw that abiding love of tradition, together with that fearless embrace of progress, which make us great as Nations. The affection, admiration and respect she inspired became the hallmark of her reign.”

Emma Shacklock

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