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King Charles III | A note from King Charles III to Queen Elizabeth II | King Charles III at Queen Elizabeth II's coffin | Source: Getty Images
King Charles III | A note from King Charles III to Queen Elizabeth II | King Charles III at Queen Elizabeth II's coffin | Source: Getty Images

Grieving King Wiped Eyes at Mom's Funeral & Put Handwritten Note on Coffin with Last 7 Words to Her

Daniella Segell
Sep 20, 2022
12:15 P.M.
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  • King Charles III tried to hold emotions at the Queen's funeral but failed after a while.

  • The King wrote a touching note to his beloved mother after she died.

  • He put his message on a wreath that was made with his participation.

  • King Charles picked the wreath with special meaning behind each plant.

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The Queen's state funeral was held on September 19, 2022, at Westminster Abbey. A guest at the funeral spoke to "People" to share the atmosphere at the service on the day.

As thousands of people filtered through the streets near Westminster Abbey to try and get a look at the procession, thousands more watched from home. Everyone who watched, though, had a similar experience.

archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Reverend Justin Welby speaking during the State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II, held at Westminster Abbey on September 19, 2022 in London, England | Source: Getty Images

archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Reverend Justin Welby speaking during the State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II, held at Westminster Abbey on September 19, 2022 in London, England | Source: Getty Images

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She mentioned that everyone in attendance was calm and quiet as the funeral proceeded. The guests were respectful at one of the most significant events in history.

Dr. Denise Chaffer, President of the Royal College of Nursing and one of the funeral attendees, shared her experience of the day. She admitted that "you could feel the sadness in the air".

Dr. Chaffer mentioned that before the Queen died, she took a genuine interest in all of the nurses she met and was a kind and thoughtful woman. She mentioned:

"It was a coming together, for everybody there, of incredible grief and sadness."

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King Charles III attends the Committal Service for Queen Elizabeth II at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle on September 19, 2022 in Windsor, England | Source: Getty Images

King Charles III attends the Committal Service for Queen Elizabeth II at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle on September 19, 2022 in Windsor, England | Source: Getty Images

The event was a special day for all who attended, but one guest at the funeral was particularly affected by the event. King Charles III was seen shedding tears at the funeral, according to "Today".

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The publication claimed that while he had to bid a final farewell to his mother, he also bid farewell to the head of state and had to accept the enormous responsibility placed on his shoulders now that he had become King.

It was reported that as the Queen's coffin was lowered to the ground, the congregation sang "God Save The King". This came after the crown had been lifted from the coffin.

King Charles III can be seen leaving Westminster Abbey on the day of the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II. London, United Kingdom. September 19, 2022 | Source: Getty Images

King Charles III can be seen leaving Westminster Abbey on the day of the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II. London, United Kingdom. September 19, 2022 | Source: Getty Images

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King Charles III was not a monarch at the funeral but rather a son grieving the loss of his beloved mother as she was lowered into her final resting place among other royal family members.

King Charles Tried To Remain Stoic

During the funeral, King Charles III was seated in a spot that had an empty seat in front of it. Many speculated that it was to commemorate fallen family members; however, "People" confirmed this was not the case.

King Charles III during the Committal Service at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle on September 19, 2022 in Windsor, England | Source: Getty Images

King Charles III during the Committal Service at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle on September 19, 2022 in Windsor, England | Source: Getty Images

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The case of the empty chair had left fans confused as many wondered what could cause the royals to leave a chair open at such an important historical event. There was much speculation surrounding it.

The empty chair in front of the monarch was placed there so the King would have a clear view of the proceedings from his seat. It was the same seat where Queen Elizabeth III sat as she bid farewell to Prince Philip in 2021.

The chair is left open as a sign of respect to the reigning monarch, who should be able to see the entire procession easily at all times, which King Charles was able to do.

King Charles III sheds a tear at Queen Elizabeth II's funeral at Westminster Abbey on September 19, 2022 | Source: YouTube.com/SkyNews

King Charles III sheds a tear at Queen Elizabeth II's funeral at Westminster Abbey on September 19, 2022 | Source: YouTube.com/SkyNews

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Although he did his best to hold back his emotions as the funeral got underway, "Page Six" claimed that he was seen wiping away tears as he sat among other royal family members.

"The Guardian" reported that it was only right at the end of his mother's funeral that he showed his emotions as he gazed down at her coffin and said goodbye forever.

A "Sky News" YouTube video showed the monarch wiping away tears as he marched behind his mother's coffin as it was transported for the final time after a tour around the UK.

The Britain national flag flies half-mast at Buckingham Palace in London on September 12, 2022, following the death of Queen Elizabeth II on September 8, 2022 | Source: Getty Images

The Britain national flag flies half-mast at Buckingham Palace in London on September 12, 2022, following the death of Queen Elizabeth II on September 8, 2022 | Source: Getty Images

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Throughout the ceremony, King Charles remained stalwart and immovable as the congregation sang in memory of his mother and sent her to rest in peace.

The King could not keep it up, though, and fans were humbled to see such a display of emotion from an otherwise earnest man who was now in charge of an entire country.

King Charles' Last Gesture To The Queen Had A Special Meaning

In the colorful wreath adorning the Queen's coffin, there was a handwritten note, which "People" confirmed was placed there by King Charles III. The flowers in which the note was nestled were all hand-picked by King Charles from three royal residences.

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King Charles III places the Queen's Company Camp Colour of the Grenadier Guards on the coffin during the Committal Service at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle on September 19, 2022 in Windsor, England | Source: Getty Images

King Charles III places the Queen's Company Camp Colour of the Grenadier Guards on the coffin during the Committal Service at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle on September 19, 2022 in Windsor, England | Source: Getty Images

The gesture was something fans enjoyed seeing as it showed the close relationship that King Charles III shared with his mother and that he was mourning her loss, as was the rest of the country.

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The note was written on royal stationery and had the words "In loving and devoted memory, Charles R." The King's new signature came after he ascended the throne and took on the Royal Cypher. "R" stands for "Rex," which means "King" in Latin.

Not only was the note handwritten by King Charles III, but it was also placed on the wreath by the King himself. The contents of the letter have not been released to the public.

Britain's King Charles III walks behind the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II with the Imperial State Crown resting on top as it departs Westminster Abbey during the State Funeral in London, Britain, September 19, 2022 | Source: Getty Images

Britain's King Charles III walks behind the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II with the Imperial State Crown resting on top as it departs Westminster Abbey during the State Funeral in London, Britain, September 19, 2022 | Source: Getty Images

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Aside from the sentimental handwritten note, the wreath surrounding it was also important. It included foliage from Clarence House, Buckingham Palace, and Highgrove House and was sustainably done.

The King and Queen were both eco-conscious, and the King knew that it would be essential for him to choose plants that would reflect their endeavors in being conscious.

The florals in the wreath also had particular meanings. The myrtle that was added was chosen to symbolize Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth's happy marriage. The rosemary and English oak represent remembrance, and the strength of love says, "Today."

A funeral wreath comprising of Pelargoniums, Roses, Hydrangea, Sedum, Dahlias, Scabious, Rosemary, Myrtle and Oak cut from the gardens of Buckingham Palace, Clarence House and Highgrove House adorns Queen Elizabeth II's Royal Standard draped coffin at her Committal Service at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle on September 19, 2022 in Windsor, England | Source: Getty Images

A funeral wreath comprising of Pelargoniums, Roses, Hydrangea, Sedum, Dahlias, Scabious, Rosemary, Myrtle and Oak cut from the gardens of Buckingham Palace, Clarence House and Highgrove House adorns Queen Elizabeth II's Royal Standard draped coffin at her Committal Service at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle on September 19, 2022 in Windsor, England | Source: Getty Images

Queen Elizabeth II passed away on September 8, 2022, and has been mourned by many people worldwide; however, her family has been most affected and has come together to celebrate her life.

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