The two siblings were walking together in the funeral procession behind the coffin and stood by Westminster Abbey alongside the rest of the family.
The funeral of your mother while in front of the world media noticing your every turn can be harrowing. For King Charles III it was all the more emotional. As he waited by Westminster Abbey for the coffin to pass by him, we can see the man brush away a tear from his eye. However, his sister Princess Anne looks at him with concern and regularly tries to check on him, Daily Mail reported.
Princess Anne watched her elder brother in his military uniform tear up as he saw his mother laid to rest. Just before that, he witnessed the late Queen’s oak carriage being transferred into the gun carriage which was the carriage used by her parents before moving through Parliament Square. After the King, along came Prince William of Wales, and the Duke of Sussex. Following them swiftly were the Princess of Wales and Duchess of Sussex and the newly appointed King’s brother Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, who also appeared to be crying.
Inside the abbey, the King sat right ahead along with his Queen Consort, Camilla and the rest of the family. This time they were also joined by the youngest mourners in the family Prince George and Princess Charlotte of Wales both of whom looked extremely solemn at this event. Their ‘Gan-Gan’ had passed away, for whom many tears were spilled among all the family members. They were all seen sniffling and wiping their eyes multiple times. Additionally, King Charles III was really taken with the ceremony and was seen getting emotional at multiple places. Along with 2,000 people singing hymns in the abbey, it was difficult for the King to get his bearings, he was often left unable to sing through the hymns.
He gripped his ceremonial sword and looked downcast as the sound of hymns and prayers filled the historic abbey. People and leaders from all over the world had attended the funeral and yet it was silent enough to hear the pin drop. The only sound that emanated was that of the hundreds of pipers and drummers from Regiments, the Brigade of Gurkhas and RAF playing as the procession made its way towards Westminster Abbey through Parliament Square. The coffin was covered in the Royal Standard flag and placed close to the altar with the Queen’s crown, orb, and scepter on its top. A card in the flowers on top of the coffin read simply: 'In loving and devoted memory. Charles R.'
According to The Sun, King Charles III had attended 54 engagements in 11 days. Traveling around 2000 miles to see people from Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland, he mentions, “Over the last ten 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 added, “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. 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.” Everyone had something to say for the queen, but at the funeral, The Most Reverend 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.”
He added, “The grief of this day - felt not only by the late Queen's family but all round the nation, Commonwealth and world - arises from her abundant life and loving service, now gone from us. We will all face the merciful judgment of God: we can all share the Queen's hope which in life and death inspired her servant leadership. Service in life, hope in death. All who follow the Queen's example, and inspiration of trust and faith in God, can with her say: ‘We will meet again.’”
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