The Archbishop of Canterbury told mourners the "grief" felt around the world over her death "arises from her abundant life and loving service".
In a rare moment, the 73-year-old British monarch, King Charles lll, was seen wiping away a tear this morning as he walked into Westminster Abbey with his mother's coffin. In one of the most watched TV events in history and one of the most extensive security operations in the UK involving thousands of mourners and world leaders, the sentimental moment occurred again during today's moving state service when Charles was visibly emotional, with his wife, the Queen Consort, by his side and his family behind him.
Last night, King Charles expressed his gratitude to the supporters and said, “Over the last 10 days, my wife and I have been so deeply touched by the many messages of condolence and support we have received from this country and across the world...As we all prepare to say our last farewell, I wanted simply to take this opportunity to say thank you to all those countless people who have been such a support and comfort to my Family and myself in this time of grief.” He has carried out 54 engagements in the last 11 days, including a silent vigil with his three siblings beside the monarch’s coffin at Westminster Hall on Friday, as reported by The Sun.
The Mirror reports, that while her Majesty's coffin lay on a blue catafalque draped in the Royal Standard flag with the Imperial State Crown, orb, and scepter placed atop, a blooming wreath of flowers accompanied with a message from her son, the King lay with it. The wreath included a connection to the Queen's late husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, and a sprig of flowers from her wedding to her late husband, who she shared more than 73 years of marriage with. On request of the King, the wreath has been made completely sustainable and will be buried with her at Windsor. It contains plants from the gardens of Buckingham Palace, Clarence House, and Highgrove House. The simple message left within the flowers by her beloved son says, "In loving and devoted memory. Charles R."
According to Birmingham Live, the King was seen reading silently from the Order of Service during the prayers. The Archbishop of Canterbury, in his sermon during the funeral, told mourners the "grief" felt around the world over her death "arises from her abundant life and loving service". He added, "She was joyful, present to so many, touching a multitude of lives." The Most Rev Justin Welby said, "People of loving service are rare in any walk of life. Leaders of loving service are still rarer. But in all cases, those who serve will be loved and remembered when those who cling to power and privileges are forgotten. The grief of this day - felt not only by the late Queen's family but all around the nation, Commonwealth, and world - arises from her abundant life and loving service, now gone from us."
The Queen will be laid to rest alongside Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, who will be moved from the Royal Vault to join her at St. George's Chapel at Windsor.
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