King Charles III leaves touching note on Queen’s casket

King Charles III penned a touching note to Queen Elizabeth II that was featured prominently on her casket Monday.

The new monarch, 73, designed a floral wreath that included blooms from his late mother’s wedding to Prince Philip, as well as a note that read, “In loving and devoted memory. Charles R.”

The “R” stands for rex, which means “king” in Latin. Queen would sign her name with “regina,” meaning “queen” in the dead language.

The flowers lay on the Queen’s coffin throughout the early-morning processions from Westminster Hall to Westminster Abbey for the funeral mass, which was then followed by another procession.


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More than 500 dignitaries from around the world, including President Biden and first lady Jill Biden, attended the mass in honor of the late monarch.

Prince Harry joined his brother, Prince William, and their father, Charles, in the procession leading up to the mass. He was then joined by his wife, Meghan Markle, who walked behind the coffin with the rest of the immediate royal family, including Prince George and Princess Charlotte.

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Charles also made sure the wreath featured flowers from the Queen’s wedding to Prince Philip.
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“In loving and devoted memory. Charles R,” the note read.
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Upon taking their seats, Harry, 38, appeared to be snubbed, as he and Markle, 41, were placed in the second row.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were squished in a corner beside Princess Beatrice and her husband, Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi.

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The “R” in the signature stands for “rex,” which means “king” in Latin.
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Also notably in the front row were the Queen’s disgraced son Prince Andrew as well as granddaughter Zara Tindall and her husband, Peter Phillips, who are not working royals.

The Queen died on Sept. 8 at age 96 after a 70-year reign, the longest of any monarch in British history.

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