Queen was left near breakdown after assassination attempt on Prince Charles

It's reported that the late Queen Elizabeth II "came close to breakdown" after an assassination attempt on the then Prince Charles in the '60s.

The now King was invested as the Prince of Wales in 1969, but the decision didn't go down with many within Wales itself.

The period saw Welsh nationalism explode in popularity, with a paramilitary group emerging at the time, known as Mudiad Amddiffyn Cymru, or the Welsh Defence Movement in English.

A member of the group, John Jenkins, was behind a plot to plant several bombs in around Caenarfon Castle, the location of Charles's investitute, in an attempt to kill him.

Historian Jane Ridley recalled the event last year in a review of Robert Hardman's book, Queen of Our Times.

She wrote: "Prince Charles's investiture at Caernarfon was a modern take on royal ceremonial designed by Snowdon, but it became a target for terrorist Welsh nationalists, and Prince Charles was lucky to escape a bomb.

"Hardman reveals how shattering this was for the Queen. For the first time she cancelled her engagements and came close to breakdown."

As Ridley recalls, while the bomb plot did not succeed, it was one of few times in which the Queen was visibly distressed.

The King paid tribute to his beloved mother last week, marking his first Mother's Day without her since her death in September 2022.

The monarch posted the touching tribute on social media, addressing the Royal Family's 12.9million followers with pictures of a baby Charles sitting on his mothers' lap, alongside a similar picture of Camilla, Queen Consort, and her mother Rosalind.

The caption read: "To all mothers everywhere, and to those who may be missing their mums today, we are thinking of you and wishing a special #MothersDay."

King Charles is also honouring the pallbearers who carried the late Queen's coffin at her state funeral last year.

The eight Grenadier Guards are among those to be recognised in a special honour's list for the roles they played during the period of national mourning following her death.

Lance Sergeant Alex Turner, Lance Corporal Tony Flynn, Lance Sergeant Elias Orlowski, Guardsman Fletcher Cox, Guardsman James Patterson, Lance Sergeant Ryan Griffiths, Guardsman Luke Simpson, and Guardsman David Sanderson were selected to be pallbearers from the King's Company (then Queen's), 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards.

These soldiers were named as recipients of honours under the Royal Victorian Order (RVO) in recognition of their service to the Queen, as part of a special set of Demise awards.

Awards under this order are the monarch's gift and are bestowed – independently of Downing Street – to those individuals who have served the Royal Family in a personal manner.


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