King Charles III left his mother a beautiful tribute in the form of a note left on her coffin. Watch the video below:
The Queen’s funeral took place today, September 19, at Westminster Abbey, where the King was present alongside other members of the Royal Family, heads of state, representatives of foreign governments and foreign royal families.
The coffin was with the Queen’s crown, sceptre, sovereign’s orb and the royal standard of the United Kingdom.
The note – embedded in a wreath of flowers made up of Buckingham Palace, Clarence House and Highgrove House – caught the attention and intrigue of viewers at home.
ITV royal correspondent Chris Ship shared the message left on the note. He tweeted: “The card on the coffin is from the king to his late mother. He wrote: ‘In loving and devoted memory. Charles R’.”
The flowers were chosen by the new monarch to symbolize key moments in his mother’s 70-year reign.
The wreath contains commemorative rosemary and myrtle, cut from a plant that grew from a sprig of myrtle in the bouquet the Queen held during her wedding to Prince Philip in November 1947.
Pedunculate oak as a symbol of the strength of love is just as much part of the wreath on the top of the coffin as geraniums, garden roses, autumn hydrangeas, sedum, dahlias and scabious.
The flowers chosen by King Charles are all shades of pink, burgundy, gold and white to reflect those of the royal standard.
King Charles became visibly emotional at his mother’s state funeral today (09/19), which was attended by 2,000 people.
The Queen’s coffin will now travel in a state hearse by road to Windsor before a committal service for the Queen at St George’s Chapel before her family gathers for a private service tonight. 800 people will participate in the Committal Service.
The Queen’s funeral was conducted by the Dean of Westminster and readings were given by figures such as Prime Minister Liz Truss and Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland.
In his first public address as king, the former Prince of Wales paid tribute to his mother and her achievements. “On behalf of my entire family, I can only sincerely and heartily thank you for your condolences and support,” he said.
“You mean more to me than I can ever express.”
The King concluded: “And to my beloved Mama, as you embark on your final great journey to join my dear late Papa, I just want to say this: thank you.
“Thank you for your love and devotion to our family and to the family of nations you have served so diligently over the years. May swarms of angels sing you to your rest.”