If you were straining your eyes to read what the card atop Queen Elizabeth’s coffin said, The Telegraph has cleared it up—it is a note from her eldest son, King Charles III, which reads “In loving and devoted memory. Charles R.”
R is Latin for “Rex,” or “king.” Charles’ mother frequently signed off correspondence with “Elizabeth R,” with her R being Latin for “Regina,” meaning “queen.”
Charles led the procession into and out of Westminster Abbey this morning for his mother’s funeral, which drew 2,000 world leaders and foreign royals to London to honor her 70 years of service to the Crown and 96 years of life.
Last night, ahead of today’s funeral, Charles released a statement, thanking those who joined his family in mourning the late Sovereign, per PEOPLE.
“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,” he wrote. “In London, Edinburgh, Hillsborough, and Cardiff, we were moved beyond measure by everyone who took the trouble to come and pay their respects to the lifelong service of my dear mother, The late Queen.”
Her Majesty died peacefully at her beloved Balmoral Castle in Scotland on September 8.
“As we all prepare to say our last farewell, I wanted to simply 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,” the king concluded.
Charles and wife Camilla, Queen Consort, as well as the Prince and Princess of Wales, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, and other members of the royal family have traveled around the U.K. greeting droves of mourners who gathered to honor Her Majesty.
She will be laid to rest later today at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor.
Royal coffins are known for having notes atop them: case in point, for her husband Prince Philip's funeral in April 2021, the Queen herself wrote, lovingly, "Your Loving Lilibet," a nod to her familial nickname that Philip also called her. For Princess Diana's September 1997 funeral, the card atop her coffin read, simply, "Mummy," in the 12-year-old scrawl of Prince Harry.
Rachel Burchfield is a writer whose primary interests are fashion and beauty, society and culture, and, most especially, the British Royal Family. In addition to serving as the royal editor at Marie Claire, she has worked with publications like Vogue, Vanity Fair, ELLE, Harper’s Bazaar, and more. She cohosts Podcast Royal, a show that provides candid commentary on the biggest royal family headlines and offers segments on fashion, beauty, health and wellness, and lifestyle.
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