King Charles at Queen’s funeral: hot tears and a small letter on the coffin

Charles III were emotional at the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II and sent a touching message.

LONDON – It was a very emotional day for the royals as family members gathered for the state funeral of Her Majesty the Queen at Westminster Abbey on Monday to await the great monarch’s final farewell. Fully assembled, the family headed the new King Charles III. (73) to the state funeral for Queen Elizabeth II (96, † 2022) to commit. There were many tears.

King Charles bursts into tears at his mother’s coffin

When 2000 hand-picked guests come together in an abbey steeped in history like Westminster Abbey and not a single sound is heard during a minute’s silence, it reverberates powerfully in the heads of the family, who have to mourn the immediate loss of the dead, but also of an exceptional regent. At many moments the new king was seen moved to tears, especially as he bowed before his late mother’s coffin.

Great feelings at the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II. The letter on the coffin is reminiscent of the letter her sons Princess Diana had left on the coffin (photomontage).


The Queen’s coffin is not only adorned with the Imperial State Crown and flower arrangements. There was also a small letter on top of the wonderful flower arrangement. This came from the pen of King Charles and is addressed to the late regent. “In loving and devoted memory. Charles R,” reads the note in the arrangement. It was not clear from the note whether this was also addressed to the now missing mother on behalf of the remaining children.

Queen Elizabeth II is said goodbye to her family with great attention to detail

Members of the family, including King Charles, Queen Camilla (74), the Prince (40) and Princess of Wales (40) and their children Prince George (9) and Princess Charlotte (7), arrived at the Abbey before the The Queen’s coffin was carried in by the Grenadier Guards. When the coffin arrived, the royal family began walking into the abbey behind the late monarch. King Charles, Princess Anne (72) and Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence (67), the Duke of York (62), the Earl (58) and Countess of Wessex (57).

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God Save the Queen: The national anthem in honor of Queen Elizabeth II has been performed in Great Britain for over 70 years. The monarch can look back on an eventful life. (photomontage) ©Pa/Ben Stansall/dpa
King George VI  poses for the camera with his wife Queen Elizabeth and daughters Elizabeth and Margaret.
At the time of her birth, no one suspected that little Elizabeth (2nd from left) would one day take a seat on the throne. After the abdication of her uncle Edward VIII in December 1936, the crown passed to her father George VI. (l.) above. The then ten-year-old Elizabeth became the first in line to the throne and her future changed from one day to the next. © Courtesy Everett Collection/Imago
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip walk arm in arm after their wedding in 1947.
Elizabeth and her Philip (99, † 2021) were able to experience 73 years of marital bliss together. The then British Crown Princess and the naval officer with German roots exchanged vows on November 20, 1947 in front of 2000 guests in London. © United Archives International/Imago
The British royal family at Buckingham Palace after the christening of Prince Charles.
The birth of the first child marks an important turning point in every woman’s life. Elizabeth and Philip’s first son, Prince Charles, was born on November 14, 1948. The Queen became a mother for the first time at the age of 22, securing the line of succession to the British throne. © United Archives International/Imago
Queen Elizabeth II stands next to Prince Philip on the balcony of Buckingham Palace after her coronation
Princess Elizabeth becomes Queen Elizabeth II: After the sudden death of King George VI. (56, † 1952) on February 6, 1952, the then 25-year-old followed her father to the British throne. Almost 280 million TV viewers worldwide did not want to miss the pompous coronation on June 2, 1953. ©Pa/dpa
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip ride in a carriage during the celebration of the 25th throne anniversary.
This milestone put the whole of London in a celebratory mood: Queen Elizabeth II’s silver jubilee was celebrated in June 1977 as part of the “Jubilee Days”. Street festivals, church services, fireworks etc. were held in honor of the monarch. © Zuma/Imago
Queen Mum, Prince Philip, Princess Diana, Prince Charles and Queen Elizabeth pose for photographers after Prince William’s christening.
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Queen Elizabeth II gives a speech at Augustusburg Castle in 1992 (symbolic image).
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Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip look at the flowers laid outside Buckingham Palace following the death of Princess Diana.
The Queen angered her compatriots when she remained silent for days after Princess Diana’s tragic death on August 31, 1997 and did not return to London immediately. The royal family was accused of cold-heartedness and aloofness, and their cool reaction sparked consternation in Britain. © John Stillwell/dpa
Queen Elizabeth II holds flowers in her hand, excited fans are waiting next to her.
After two strokes of fate in spring 2002, the death of her sister Margaret (71, † 2002) and her mother Queen Mum (101, † 2002), Queen Elizabeth II had reason to smile again in the summer. The monarch celebrated her 50th anniversary with the “Golden Jubilee Weekend” in London and several trips abroad. © Martyn Hayhow/dpa
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip attend the 60th Jubilee Ship Parade.
Ten years later, the next milestone could already be celebrated. In June 2012, all of London was in a state of emergency again as the unflappable Queen celebrated the 60th anniversary of her accession to the throne. The highlight of the celebrations: a kilometer-long parade of ships through the metropolis. © Paul Marriott/Imago
Queen Elizabeth II speaks to Prince William and Kate Middleton at Prince George’s christening.
Queen Elizabeth II does not have to worry about her successor. The birth of her great-grandson Prince George on July 22, 2013, the first child of Prince William and Kate Middleton, made royal history. For the first time since 1894, there are three generations of heirs to the throne (Prince Charles, Prince William, Prince George). © John Stillwell/dpa
Queen Elizabeth II wears a crown and looks out the window of her carriage.
Queen Elizabeth II is the longest reigning British monarch. On September 9, 2015, she overtook her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria (1901, † 81), who held the office of head of state for 63 years and 216 days. © Zuma Press/Imago
Queen Elizabeth II seated at St George’s Chapel in Windsor during the funeral service for Prince Philip.
In 2021, Queen Elizabeth II had to say goodbye to her great love. Prince Philip died at Windsor Castle on April 9, aged 99. Due to the corona restrictions, the funeral service only took place in a small circle. The image of the lonely queen moved royal fans worldwide. © Jonathan Brady/dpa
Queen Elizabeth II poses alongside the British royal family on the balcony of Buckingham Palace after the 2022 Trooping the Color Parade.
Queen Elizabeth II still commands her royal wave after a 70-year reign, as she demonstrated at the celebrations in June 2022. The dutiful 96-year-old is the oldest reigning monarch in the world. © Cover Images/Imago
Two days before her death, Queen Elizabeth II receives British Prime Minister Liz Truss at Balmoral Castle.
Two days before her death on September 8th, Queen Elizabeth II completed her last appointment, the appointment of Prime Minister Liz Truss at Balmoral Castle. Not only the whole of Great Britain mourns the British regent, who died at the age of 96. © iImages/Imago

Prince George (9) and Princess Charlotte (7) initially bravely walked side by side with their parents in formation, followed by her uncle and aunt Prince Harry, 37, and Meghan Markle, 41, and other members of the royal family. Upon reaching the catafalque, the royal guests sat down to begin the service. The Queen’s personal music requests, the readings, hymns and finally the silence made the state funeral an unforgettable moment of global mourning that will probably never be repeated in its scope. Sources used:,

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