With every move heavily scrutinized, many are making much of King Charles’ note left on the coffin of England’s longest reigning monarch, Queen Elizabeth II.
The note was placed on the casket as Queen Elizabeth began the final phase of her journey through the United Kingdom to her burial site at Windsor Castle.
According to the New York Post, King Charles III placed a bouquet of flowers that he “specifically selected” on the coffin before it was moved.
The Post notes that the bouquet “featured cuts of myrtle,” the queen’s favored flower. Myrtle was prominently featured in the queen’s wedding bouquet when she married Prince Philip in 1947.
Tucked in the bouquet was a note from the new king. It read: “In loving and devoted memory. Charles R.”
The letter R following Charles’ name stands for Rex, which is the Latin term for king, a term commonly used by British monarchs.
Also included in the bouquet King Charles III set on the coffin were rosemary and English oak.
CNN reported that the bouquet was highly symbolic, as rosemary signifies remembrance, myrtle signifies a happy marriage and the English oak represents the strength of love.
The bouquet also included an assortment of the queen’s favorite flowers cut from the gardens of Buckingham Palace, Clarence House and Highgrove House.
ABC News reported that the king walked behind the queen’s coffin as it was moved into Westminster Abbey, and that “atop the coffin was the bouquet, the King’s note, the Imperial State Crown, the Sovereign’s Sceptre and the Sovereign’s Orb.”
The ornate casket, draped in Royal Standard, was elegant and befitting a sovereign who reigned long and well.
Many noted the funeral service was an emotional affair, and Charles III was seen fighting tears as the British national anthem, “God Save the King,” was played to close the service.
Following the funeral service, King Charles III saluted as the queen’s casket was put into a hearse to be transported to Windsor Castle.
CNN reported that in a statement the King said that he and his wife Camilla “were moved beyond measure by everyone who took the trouble to come and pay their respects to the lifelong service of my dear mother, the late Queen.”
The queen will be buried at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle. She will be set there alongside her parents, her sister and her husband, Prince Philip.
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