Prince Harry pays tribute to his late grandmother Queen Elizabeth II

Prince Harry pays tribute to his late grandmother Queen Elizabeth II

It's been one year since Britain's longest-serving monarch died, and her grandson says she is "looking down on us all". 

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's 2021 Christmas card
Photo by Alexi Lubomirski for Prince Harry and Meghan

Prince Harry joined scores of people around the world in remembering Queen Elizabeth II on the one-year anniversary of her death. 

The monarch passed away on September 8, 2022, at the age of 96. 

During his speech at the WellChild Awards on Thursday - the eve of Queen Elizabeth's death - Prince Harry told the audience that his grandmother was looking down on them all. 

"As you know, I was unable to attend the awards last year as my grandmother passed away. As you also probably know, she would have been the first person to insist that I still come to be with you all instead of going to her," the 38-year-old said. 

He added: "That’s precisely why I know exactly one year on that she is looking down on all of us tonight, happy we’re together, continuing to spotlight such an incredible community."

The prince has been a WellChild patron for 15 years. The organisation's awards ceremony "celebrates the inspirational qualities of the UK’s seriously ill children and young people". 

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Other members of the British royal family who paid tribute to the late queen include Harry's brother, the Prince of Wales, and his wife Catherine, the Princess of Wales. 

The couple shared a post dedicated to the queen on their Instagram page. 

"Today we remember the extraordinary life and legacy of Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth. We all miss you. W & C," the post read. 

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King Charles III also paid tribute to his mother on the royal family's official Instagram page.

"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 said.

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The Duke of Sussex will also be attending the Invictus Games, which begin in Germany on Saturday, September 9. 

Prince Harry's wife - Megan, the Duchess of Sussex - was expected to make an appearance at the event on September 16, but her name has reportedly been removed from the official schedule. 

It is also unclear whether Harry will meet with any of his family members during his time in Europe.

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Main image courtesy credit/  Alexi Lubomirski for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan

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