For the first time, the Queen watched the annual Remembrance Sunday ceremony from a balcony, as the Prince of Wales led the nation in honoring the war dead.
In a break with royal tradition, the Queen had asked her eldest son to lay her wreath at the Cenotaph memorial this year. She was joined by the Duke of Edinburgh and the Duchess of Cornwall on the balcony of the nearby Foreign and Commonwealth Office, where the monarch could be seen wiping away a tear during the ceremony.
The decision to hand this role to the Prince of Wales has been interpreted as an important moment in the transition of royal duties from the Queen. Although she has missed Remembrance Sunday services in previous years, it was the first time that the Queen was present at the ceremony but did not lay a wreath herself.
The heir to the throne has stepped in on behalf of his mother only once before, when his mother was away on a visit to Kenya in 1983. The Queen was also absent due to overseas visits in 1961, 1968, and 199,9 and Prince Philip represented his wife when she was expecting Prince Andrew and Prince Edward in 1959 and 1963.
This year, an equerry laid a wreath on behalf of 96-year-old Philip, while Charles also laid his own wreath.
On Saturday, the Queen and members of the royal family joined servicemen and women at the Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall in London. Hosted by the Royal British Legion, the annual event paid tribute to all those who have lost their lives in conflicts.