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Prince William and Princess Kate Say Their Final Goodbyes to Queen Elizabeth With Handwritten Notes On Her Coffin

Prince William and Princess Kate Say Their Final Goodbyes to Queen Elizabeth With Handwritten Notes On Her Coffin

Charles, William, and Kate bid their final goodbyes to the late monarch in their handwritten notes as seen on the casket adorned with flowers.

The Queen was laid to rest on 19th September in a sentimental committal ceremony at St. George's Chapel in Windsor. The casket was seen full of blooming flower wreaths adorned with handwritten notes penned by many beloved family members. Amongst, the many handwritten notes to the late monarch, one of them were found to be written by Prince of Wales and the Queen's oldest grandson, William, 40, and another by Princess of Wales, and Queen's granddaughter-in-law, Kate, 40. Each of their respective, personal yet royal monograms, which feature their first initial underneath a crown, were noticed as letterhead on two cards in one of the floral arrangements, making it clear the notes were from them, reports Access

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Queen Elizabeth's coffin was also adorned by a note on top of all the flower wreaths from his much-loved son, King Charles lll, 73, who couldn't hide his sorrow at the ceremony. The white note read, "In loving and devoted memory, Charles R.", according to People. The King's new signature with an 'R' after his name stands for "Rex," which means "King" in Latin. This traditional signature for the monarch dates back to the Twelfth century. When the 'R' is used by the Queens, it stands for "Regina", denoting "Queen" in the ancient language of Latin. In the duration of her 70 years of reign, Queen Elizabeth used her signature as "Elizabeth R". 

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Getty Images | Photo by Stefan Wermuth - WPA Pool

 

 

Apart from heartfelt notes, the imperial state crown, the orb, the scepter, and the royal standard flag on the coffin, the flower arrangements also held much symbolism for the Queen's reign. Many flowers were sustainable as requested by King Charles and were picked from the luscious gardens of Buckingham Palace, Clarence House, and Charles' country home of Highgrove House. Rosemary and myrtle were chosen to symbolize the Queen's and King Philip's happy marriage as it was cut from a plant that was grown from a sprig of myrtle in the Queen's wedding bouquet in 1947 when she and Prince Philip tied the knot. 



 


The wreath also featured the English Oak, which is the national symbol for strength, connoting the strength of love. The white and green blooming displays, also included Asiatic lilies, gladioli, alstroemeria, Eustoma, garden roses, autumnal hydrangea, sedum, dahlias, and scabious in the shades of gold, pink and deep burgundy, with touches of white, to reflect the Royal Standard, adds Hello Magazine. During the ceremony, a few mourners also sharply noticed an unexpected symbol on the coffin, a spider that connotes a good omen. 

Prince William paid a beautiful tribute to the Queen, recalling some of his favorite moments with her. "The world lost an extraordinary leader, whose commitment to the country, the realms, and the Commonwealth was absolute. So much will be said in the days ahead about the meaning of her historic reign. I, however, have lost a grandmother," he wrote on Instagram. "She was by my side at my happiest moments. And she was by my side during the saddest days of my life. I knew this day would come, but it will be sometime before the reality of life without Grannie will truly feel real."

References:

https://www.accessonline.com/articles/prince-william-kate-middleton-wrote-handwritten-notes-for-queen-elizabeth-on-wreath-by-her-coffin

https://people.com/royals/prince-william-kate-middleton-handwritten-notes-queen/?utm_campaign=peoplemagazine&utm_content=link&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_term=6328e4d73ebd6d0001d99e6a&fbclid=IwAR00OrGO97GpdIUUFjWywYI2uBPPn8f3CFFnZ05U_c51Du-PjiNfg_Wl3Sw
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