King Charles leaves touching note and flowers from the Queen's wedding to Prince Philip on her coffin
LONDON, ENGLAND: King Charles III adorned the late Queen's coffin with a beautiful wreath of flowers and a simple message placed within it for her historic state funeral on Monday, September 19.
The colorful wreath reportedly featured a touching connection to the Duke of Edinburgh, the monarch's late husband, including a sprig of flowers from their wedding, after which they shared more than 73 years of marriage. Meanwhile, the Queen's son left a message in the flowers that simply read, "In loving and devoted memory. Charles R."
According to the Daily Mirror, the wreath was made completely sustainable at the request of the King and will be buried with the sovereign at Windsor. It reportedly contains plants from the gardens of Buckingham Palace, Clarence House, and Highgrove House.
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A handwritten note sitting on top of The Queen's coffin has been revealed to be from her son, King Charles III.
It reads: "In loving and devoted memory — Charles R."#queensfuneral #QueenElizabethIIMemorial pic.twitter.com/Q4SYpqdOye
At least 100 Royal Navy sailors carried Her Majesty's coffin for the service, which was attended by all members of the royal family and leaders from across the globe. The King and other senior royals walked behind the coffin to Wellington Arch before it is driven to Windsor in the state hearse.
The note, handwritten by The King on top of The Queen’s coffin, reads: “In loving and devoted memory. Charles R”— Cameron Walker (@CameronDLWalker) September 19, 2022
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Upon arrival at Windsor, a committal service will take place in the presence of around 800 people including personal staff who work, or have previously worked on the private estates. Most of those attending this special service will not have attended the earlier service at Westminster Abbey. Prior to the final hymn, the Crown Jeweller will remove the Imperial State Crown, the orb, and the scepter from the coffin. Those will be passed on to the Dean of Windsor, along with the Bargemaster and Serjeants-at-Arms, before being placed on the altar.
When the final hymn comes to an end, the King will place the Queen's Company Camp Colour of the Grenadier Guards on the coffin. Later, Chief Baron Parker, who as Lord Chamberlain is the highest ranking official in the royal household of the former monarch, will "break" his Wand of Office and place it on the coffin. This is to symbolize the end of the Queen's reign. The ceremonial breaking of the white staff signifies the end of his service to the Queen as ruler.
The dean will say a psalm as the coffin is lowered into the Royal Vault, while the commendation before the Garter King of Arms will pronounce the styles and titles of the Queen. At 7.30 pm local time, the sovereign will be buried in King George VI's chapel, which is also the final resting place of the Queen's father, King George VI, the Queen's mother, and her sister, Princess Margaret. Queen Elizabeth will be laid to rest next to the love of her life, Prince Philip, who will be moved from the Royal Vault to join her for eternity.