A particular tribute. Forward of Queen Elizabeth II’s state funeral, eldest son King Charles III had particular requests when it got here to her casket show.
Charles, 73, laid a handwritten be aware atop his late mom’s coffin through the Monday, September 19, processional forward of the funeral service. His card learn, “In loving and devoted reminiscence” and included his official royal signature of “Charles R.”
The signed tribute sat beside a big floral association — which the brand new sovereign helped select.
“At His Majesty The King’s request, the wreath incorporates flowers and foliage minimize from the gardens of Buckingham Palace, Clarence Home and Highgrove Home,” a press release from the palace famous on Monday. “This consists of foliage chosen for its symbolism.”
Charles made certain to incorporate bunches of rosemary for remembrance, English oak for the power of affection and myrtle. The sprigs of myrtle symbolize a contented marriage, which is a candy nod to her seven-decade marriage to the late Prince Philip, who died in April 2021. The myrtle had been minimize from a plant that was grown from a sprig in her authentic 1947 wedding ceremony bouquet. The wreath additionally included scented pelargoniums, backyard roses, autumnal hydrangea, sedum, dahlias and scabious in varied hues of gold, pink, burgundy and white.
The reigning monarch additionally requested that the wreath be made “in a completely sustainable means” utilizing a nest of English moss and oak branches with none floral foam to carry its form.
Elizabeth’s coffin — which additionally 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 and Prince Edward — adopted on foot. Prince William, Prince Harry and Peter Phillips additionally joined the march.
After the royal household had arrived on the historic cathedral, they have been joined by Princess Kate, Meghan Markle, Queen Consort Camilla, Sir Tim Laurence and Sophie, Countess of Wessex. William and Kate’s eldest kids, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, walked alongside their mother and father earlier than the memorial started.
Following the service, Charles, his sons and his siblings accompanied Elizabeth’s casket from Westminster Abbey to Wellington Arch. The coffin will then be pushed in a hearse to Windsor Fortress for a committal service earlier than she is buried alongside the late Duke of Edinburgh.
Buckingham Palace beforehand confirmed on September 8 that Her Majesty had “died peacefully” on the age of 96 whereas at her Balmoral Fortress residence in Scotland.
“The demise of my beloved mom, Her Majesty The Queen, is a second of the best disappointment for me and all members of my household,” Charles wrote in a press release on the time. “We mourn profoundly the passing of a cherished Sovereign and a much-loved Mom. I do know her loss might be deeply felt all through the nation, the Realms and the Commonwealth, and by numerous folks world wide.”
He added: “Throughout this era of mourning and alter, my household and I might be comforted and sustained by our information of respect and deep affection by which The Queen was so extensively held.”