Heartbreaking detail spotted in photo from the Queen's funeral
Royal fans spotted a heartbreaking detail in a photo of King Charles at Queen Elizabeth II's funeral, with the monarch sitting in the same seat his mother grieved alone for her husband Prince Philip, last year.
The Queen's passing came almost 18 months after the death of her husband last year, with Her Majesty taken to Windsor to be buried in St George's Chapel alongside Philip, her parents and sister.
In April 2021, during Prince Philip's funeral, there were still strict Covid-19 rules in place, banning separate households from mixing and prohibiting more than 30 people from attending.
Photos of the Queen mourning alone and wearing a mask, sitting across from her family became a defining image of the pandemic.
During a committal service, Charles sat in the same seat his mother sat in alone.
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Millions watched the service, which was the first of a monarch to be televised.
Charles, who was visibly emotional, led the country, along with his siblings, children and grandchildren in honouring the Queen.
The King left a handwritten note on the Queen's coffin that simply read: "In loving and devoted memory. Charles R."
He also chose the specific flowers and foliage for the coffin from the gardens of Buckingham Palace, Clarence House and Highgrove for their symbolism.
Charles chose rosemary for remembrance, myrtle, which is an ancient symbol of a happy marriage and was grown from a sprig of the Queen's own wedding bouquet, and English oak to symbolise strength and love. It also featured roses, autumnal hydrangea, sedum, dahlias, pelargoniums and scabious.
Before the Queen's coffin was lowered in place, the crown, orb and sceptre were removed and placed on the altar of St George's Chapel by the Dean of Windsor.
As the final hymn was sung, the King draped the Queen's Company Camp Colour of the Grenadier Guards on the coffin, which was also accompanied by the Lord Chamberlain's Wand of Office, after it had been symbolically broken.
The Queen's coffin was lowered into the Royal Vault of St George's Chapel with the service ending with the Sovereign Piper playing A Salute to the Royal Fendersmith from the doorway between the chapel and the dean's cloister, with the music fading away as he walked to the deanery.
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