King Charles III lays wreath, writes letter for Queen’s coffin

A special tribute. The eldest son before the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II King Charles III He had specific requests when it came to the display of his coffin.

Charles, 73, holds a handwritten note on top of his late mother’s coffin during a procession ahead of a funeral service on Monday, Sept. His card read, “In loving and dedicated memory” and included his official royal signature of “Charles R.”

The signed tribute sat next to a large floral arrangement—which the new sovereign helped carry out.

Feature King Charles III garlands flowers, writes letter for Queen Elizabeth II's coffin

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“At the request of His Majesty the King, the wreath includes cut flowers and leaves from the gardens of Buckingham Palace, Clarence House and Highgrove House,” a statement from the palace noted on Monday. “It includes leaves chosen for its symbolism.”

Charles made sure to include clumps of rosemary for remembrance, English oak for love and strength of myrtle. The sprig of myrtle symbolizes a happy marriage, a sweet nod to her seven-decade marriage to the late Prince Philip, who died in April 2021. The myrtle was cut from a plant that had grown from a twig in its native 1947. Wedding Bouquet. The wreath included scented pelargoniums, garden roses, autumn hydrangea, sedums, dahlias and various shades of gold, pink, burgundy and white.

The reigning monarch also requested that the wreath be made “in a completely sustainable way” using nests of English moss and oak branches to hold its shape without any floral foam.

King Charles III Chooses Wreath, Letter to Queen Elizabeth II's Coffin

A message from King Charles of Britain is left on the coffin of Queen Elizabeth. Phil Noble/Pool/Shutterstock

Elizabeth’s coffin – also decorated by the Sovereign’s Scepter with the Sovereign’s Orb and Cross – was carried by the British Royal Navy to Westminster Abbey on a State Ceremonial Gun Carriage. Charles and his siblings – princess anne, Prince Andrew And Prince Edward – Followed on foot. Prince William, Prince Harry And Peter Phillips Also joined in March.

After visiting the royal family’s historic cathedral, they joined princess kate, Meghan Markle, Queen Consort Camilla, Sir Tim Lawrence And Sophie, Countess of Wessex, William and Kate’s eldest children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, walk in with their parents before the start of the memorial.

After the service, Charles, his son and his siblings accompanied Elizabeth’s coffin from Westminster Abbey to Wellington Arch. The coffin will be taken to Windsor Castle for a Commitment Service before being buried with the late Duke of Edinburgh.

Buckingham Palace previously confirmed on 8 September that Her Majesty had “died peacefully” at her Balmoral Castle residence in Scotland at the age of 96.

Charles wrote in a statement at the time: “The death of my beloved mother, Her Majesty the Queen, is a moment of greatest sadness for me and all members of my family.” “We deeply mourn the passing of a cherished sovereign and a very dear mother. I know her loss will be deeply felt by countless people across the nation, across the realms and Commonwealth, and around the world.”

He continued: “During this period of mourning and transformation, me and my family will be comforted and supported by our knowledge of the respect and deep affection in which the Queen was so widely held.”

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