King Charles attends church on Queen Elizabeth’s 98th posthumous birthday

King Charles III and Queen Camilla spent what would have been Queen Elizabeth’s 98th birthday attending church services.

The royals were photographed leaving a church service at Crathie Kirk near Balmoral Castle in Scotland.

Charles, 75, drove himself and his wife, 76, to and from the service and the pair waved to onlookers as they left.

The monarch drove himself and his wife, Queen Camilla, to the services. PA Images via Getty Images
They attended church at Crathie Kirk. PA Images via Getty Images

The late monarch, who reigned for more than 70 years, was remembered on social media throughout the day.

Elizabeth’s former daughter-in-law, Sarah Ferguson, posted a tribute on Instagram.

“Today we are remembering Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on what would have been her 97th (sic) birthday,” the Duchess of York, 64, wrote alongside a photo of the former queen. “Thank you for all that you have taught us, for being a steadfast leader and dear friend. You are sorely missed.”

Elizabeth would have turned 98 on April 21. Getty Images
Her funeral was held on September 19, 2022. Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Images

The official Instagram account for Westminister Abbey, which was the location for Elizabeth’s coronation in 1952 and her funeral, also marked the day.

“Remembering Her late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, who was born #onthisday in 1926,” read a statement on Instagram. “The souls of the righteous are in the hand of God.”

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Ascot Racecourse, which hosts the famous Royal Ascot, also commemorated the queen’s posthumous birthday by posting a video of the avid horsewoman cheering her horse to victory in the 2013 Gold Cup.

“Today, in honour of what would have been Queen Elizabeth II’s birthday, we look back with delight on Estimate’s captivating Gold Cup win at #RoyalAscot. Pure jubilation,” the post read on X.

Sarah Ferguson remembered her former mother-in-law on Instagram. Getty Images
“Thank you for all that you have taught us, for being a steadfast leader and dear friend. You are sorely missed,” she wrote. Instagram/Sarah Ferguson

This year marks the second posthumous birthday for Elizabeth following her September 2022 death at age 96.

Charles last attended church services at Easter.

It was his first major public appearance since being diagnosed with cancer in February 2024.