Prince Charles & Camilla step in for the Queen on Armistice Day in London

Yesterday was Veterans Day here in the US, or Armistice Day in the UK (and throughout Europe). It marked the end of World War I, but of course people choose to recognize the sacrifices of all the men and women who serve. In a non-pandemic year, we could expect nearly everyone from the Windsor clan to turn out to Westminster Abbey for a special service. Not this year. This year, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were chilling in Montecito, and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were… otherwise engaged. I heard someone say something about rose-trimming. Shockingly, the Queen also skipped the Westminster service! According to Vanity Fair, “the 94-year-old monarch was advised by her medical team not to attend the service.” So… the Queen will listen to medical advice? Then why has she only worn a mask once in the past nine months?

Anyway, the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall attended the Westminster service in the Queen’s place. This year actually marked “the 100th anniversary of the burial of the Unknown Warrior,” as well as the 100th anniversary of King George VI unveiling the Cenotaph. Charles laid a wreath at the Unknown Warrior’s tomb, and Camilla wore a poppy-print mask. Charles wore a purple mask which may be a sustainable piece from the Turquoise Mountain Foundation in Myanmar, which was a company founded by Charles. It’s pretty snazzy. I like that they both wore masks, although they were simply adhering to the current public health regulations in the UK. Also: given the symbolic importance of the anniversaries, it’s really, really strange that William and Kate didn’t go, right??

Meanwhile, I know that no one goes to Us Weekly for juicy royal scoops, but the weekly does try!

Looking ahead! Prince Charles is ready to becoming king whenever his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, decides to step down from the throne.

“Charles will serve as king with Duchess Camilla by his side,” a source exclusively says in the new issue of Us Weekly. “This is something he’s dreamed about his entire life — he sees it as his birthright, and Her Majesty would find it extremely difficult to deprive him of that.”

The Prince of Wales, who turns 72 on Saturday, November 14, has already determined his first order of business too.

“Charles has made it quite clear that he intends to slim down the monarchy and reduce the number of full-time working members of the family to those in the immediate line of succession,” Princess Diana’s former butler Paul Burrell tells Us.

[From Us Weekly]

All this did was remind me that Charles’ birthday is the 14th (I forgot) and that the Queen is never, ever stepping down. The Queen will be the monarch until the bitter and petty end. She will endlessly wield her power to protect her rapist son, and punish her grandson who had the audacity to marry an intelligent American woman.

Photos courtesy of Backgrid.

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