The Princess of Wales was all smiles as she planted a wild cherry tree in memory of the late Queen Elizabeth II. Pictures from the engagement show Kate surrounded by clerics and members of the Queen’s Green Canopy initiative as she shovels some soil on the ground to firmly support the young tree.
The Princess donned a long green and blue checkered coat on top of a dark green dress and blue boots for this visit to the abbey in central London.
The tree dedicated by the Princess of Wales to her late grandmother-in-law came from the Duchy of Cornwall estate.
Prince William inherited the estate from Charles on September 8, following his accession to the throne.
While William and Kate automatically inherited the titles of Duke and Duchess of Cornwall from King Charles, the new sovereign had to create his firstborn Prince of Wales on September 9, as the title can only be passed on by the monarch.
The cherry tree was planted in Dean’s Yard to replace a horse chestnut tree that was rotten and suffered from Summer Sudden Limb Drop earlier this year.
After shoveling the last spadefuls of soil onto the tree, Kate also unveiled a memento of her visit and tribute to the late Queen.
The plaque read: “This wild cherry tree, a gift from the Duchy of Cornwall, was dedicated in memory of Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Her Royal Highness The Princess of Wales on 14th December 2022.”
As noted in the plaque, This visit to Westminster Abbey took place on Wednesday last week, amid the final preparations for Together at Christmas – the special Christmas Carol service spearheaded for the second year in a row by Kate.
The service took place in the Gothic church on Thursday evening and is set to be televised by ITV1 on Christmas Eve.
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