King Charles leaves a handwritten note on the Queen’s coffin

Text of the letter: “In loving and sincere memory. Charles R.”

The letter “R” in the title of King Charles stands for “Rex” which is a Latin word for king.

The service at Westminster Abbey – attended by about 2,000 guests – included traditional Bible readings and hymns, as well as a homily from the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby.

She was joined by King Charles, his wife Camilla, consort, his brothers, children and grandchildren in bidding farewell to Britain for the longest reign in the country. The Queen died on September 8 at the age of 96.

The sarcophagus was draped with the royal standard and state paraphernalia – the imperial state crown and regalia – were placed on top along with a wreath.

Buckingham Palace said the wreath contains flowers and leaves cut from the gardens of Buckingham Palace, Clarence House and Highgrove House at the request of King Charles III. He sat in a nest of English moss and oak branches.

The palace said the foliage was chosen for its symbolism – rosemary (for remembrance), myrtle (an ancient symbol of happy marriage), and English oak (a symbol of the power of love). Myrtle was cut from a plant grown from the myrtle sprig that appeared in the Queen’s wedding bouquet when she married Prince Philip in 1947.

Before the funeral, King Charles thanked the nation for the outpouring support and warmth his family had.

In an emotional statement, the new monarch said he and Camilla were “extremely touched by all who took the trouble to come and pay their respects to serve my dear mother, the late Queen for life.”

Queen Elizabeth II will be buried at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle, where her parents, sister Princess Margaret and husband Prince Philip are buried.

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