As she prepared to say her last goodbye, the Queen honored her late husband Prince Philip with a personal touch.
In a loving gesture to her husband of 73 years, she placed a handwritten note on top of the Duke of Edinburgh’s coffin. While it was unclear what the note, written on the Queen’s stationery, contained, photos appear to reveal that it read in part, “I love you.”
Some speculated that she signed off the note with, “Your Loving Lilibet.” Queen Elizabeth is called “Lilibet” by close family, a nickname she got because she couldn’t pronounce her own name.
The Queen was also the one who personally selected the flowers that adorned Prince Philip coffin.
The flowers included white roses, the flower for June, the month when Prince Philip was born. It also signifies remembrance, as do the lilies which were also used on the wreath.
Jasmine, which is symbolic of purity, were also included, as well as sweet peas who represent a departure or thank you.
The wreath was placed on Prince Philip’s coffin, alongside his personal standard, his Naval cap and sword.
Ahead of the funeral ceremony, the Queen and Philip’s four children all took part in the solemn procession. They were joined walking behind the coffin, by Princes William and Harry, Peter Phillips, Vice-Admiral Sir Time Laurence, and the Earl of Snowden.
The service itself was conducted at St George’s Chapel by the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby and the Dean of Windsor David Conner.
Prince Philip died peacefully at 99 last Friday.
“It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen has announced the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh,” Buckingham Palace said in a statement. “His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle. The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss.”