Britain and the world said a final goodbye to Queen Elizabeth II at a state funeral on Monday. Crowds massed along the streets and 2ooo mourners gathered in Westminster Abbey to honor the monarch whose 70-year reign defined an age.
The day began with The Queen’s coffin being transported from Westminster Hall to Westminster Abbey on the Royal Navy State Funeral Gun Carriage.
Along with the Imperial State Crown and the Sovereign’s Sceptre and Sovereign’s Orb, it was adorned with an arrangement of plants and flowers that held special significance for the late monarch. Many of the wreath featured the final handwritten words that would be shared with Her Majesty.
Among them was a handwritten note from the Prince and Princess of Wales which featured their monograms.
There was also another note for Her Majesty which carried a heartfelt message from King Charles III. It read: “In loving and devoted memory. Charles R.” The “R” in King Charles’ title refers to “Rex,” which is Latin for a king.
At King Charles’s request, the wreath on top of the Queen’s coffin contains flowers and foliage from the royal properties of Buckingham Palace and Clarence House, in London, and Highgrove House in Gloucestershire.
The foliage was selected for its symbolism — rosemary (for remembrance), myrtle (an ancient symbol of a happy marriage), and English oak (symbolic of the strength of love), the palace said.
The myrtle was cut from a plant grown from a sprig of myrtle that featured in the Queen’s wedding bouquet when she married Prince Philip in 1947.
Meanwhile, Princess Kate honored the late Queen once again by wearing two pieces that once belonged to her grandmother-in-law.
Kate paired a black dress with a pair of Bahrain Pearl Drop Earrings and a four-strand pearl choker with a center diamond clasp. The Princess of Wales wore the same necklace to Prince Philip’s funeral last year. It was a subtle show of her admiration for the Queen and Prince Philip and their love.