A message that is meaningful. As King Charles IIIHis mother, Queen Elizabeth II was laid to rest by him. He placed a handwritten message atop her coffin.
“I think the letter was a poignant moment and I think it reminds us that Charles is grieving for his mother,” royal expert Myko ClellandOnly spoken Us Weekly on Monday, September 19, following the late sovereign’s state funeral service held at Westminster Abbey. “Anyone who’s lost a parent can maybe sympathize. It must be incredibly difficult.”
The envelope placed on the casket read, “In loving devoted memory” and included the new monarch’s official royal signature of “Charles R” — a touching gesture that reminded royal watchers of Prince William and Prince Harry‘s note to their late mother, Princess Diana, at her August 1997 funeral.
As the new king, 73, bid farewell to Her Majesty, Clelland believed he could detect “a bit of pride” as a small smile flashed across Charles’ face when everyone was saying goodbye after the funeral.
“I think [he had pride for] his mother and the great things she’s done, and I can imagine it’s probably quite daunting to step into such big shoes, but Charles has had a lot of preparation,” the MyHeritage.com genealogist shared with Use. “All of these things — these chances to say goodbye — I think they bring an incredible amount of closure and they do help in this process. I think all of those little touches are important for Charles as well as for the nation.”
The expert continued: “[Charles has] now got so much more responsibility,” calling the monarch’s period of public mourning — coupled with his new role as king —a “very difficult time.”
“He has to lead the nation through this farewell … we’ve seen moments where Charles has had tears in his eyes, we’ve heard his voice break a little bit in certain speeches, and there’s a clear, huge amount of love and respect for Elizabeth that you can see go through all of that,” Clelland explained.
In addition to the letter, the king made sure to adorn the casket with additional symbolism: bunches of rosemary for remembrance, English oak for the strength of love and myrtle, which represent a happy marriage (a sweet nod to Elizabeth’s seven-decade marriage to the late Prince Philip, who died in April 2021 at age 99). The myrtle was cut from a plant that Elizabeth had grown from a sprig from her 1947 wedding bouquet.
Elizabeth’s coffin — which also was adorned by the Sovereign’s Orb and the Sovereign’s Sceptre With Cross — was carried into Westminster Abbey by the British royal navy on the State Ceremonial Gun Carriage. Charles and his siblings — Princess Anne, Prince Andrew Prince Edward — followed on foot. William, Harry, and Peter PhillipsThe march was also attended by others.
After the royal family arrived at 700-year old cathedral, they were greeted by the church’s members. Princess Kate, Meghan Markle, Queen Consort Camilla, Sir Tim Laurence Sophie, Countess from Wessex. William and Kate’s eldest children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, walked alongside their parents before the memorial began.
Following the service, Charles, his sons and his siblings accompanied Elizabeth’s coffin from Westminster Abbey to Wellington Arch. The casket was then taken in a hearse to Windsor Castle where it was formally buried with the family. As Monday ended, she was buried beside the late Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh.
Christina Garibaldi reports