Heir to the throne to lay head of state’s wreath at the Cenotaph – the first time he has taken the role while Queen is in the UK

Prince Charles flew back from a tour of Singapore, Brunei, Malaysia and India this week to prepare for a significant symbolic moment in his progress towards becoming king. In a rare move, he will take the Queen’s place to lay the head of state’s wreath at the Cenotaph on Sunday in remembrance of Britain’s war dead.

Charles, who turns 69 next week, once stood in for the Queen in 1983 when she was in Kenya, but the ceremony will be the first time he has taken the role while the Queen is available. The 91-year-old will look on from the balcony of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office while her heir parades in her place.

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