LONDON — In a significant step in the British monarchy’s transition, Queen Elizabeth II planned to watch from a balcony on Sunday as her eldest son, Prince Charles, placed a wreath at the Cenotaph, Britain’s memorial to its war dead.
Often praised for being rigorous about her royal obligations, the queen delegated the Remembrance Sunday duty to Charles, 68, the next in line to the British throne.
Buckingham Palace announced the change last month, a move seen by royals observers as a significant step in the transition to its next generation.
Elizabeth is Britain’s longest-reigning monarch, having been coronated in Westminster Abbey on June 2, 1953.
Charles recently returned to London after representing his mother on a 10-day tour of — four Commonwealth countries: Brunei, India, Malaysia and Singapore.
The queen’s husband, Prince Philip, 96, retired in August from solo public appearances, remarking that he had been “the world’s most experienced plaque-unveiler.”
It won’t be the first time that Charles has stepped in for his mother at the wreath-laying ceremony in central London. In 1983, he performed the ritual while she was in Kenya.