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King Charles III grieved his mother Queen Elizabeth II from the same seat she sat alone in during Prince Philip’s funeral

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  • Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral was held Monday at Westminster Abbey and Windsor Castle.
  • Her son King Charles III sat in the same place as the late monarch, just 17 months apart.
  • The Queen was famously photographed sitting alone during her husband Prince Philip’s funeral last year.

King Charles III mourned his mother Queen Elizabeth II during her funeral Monday — in the same place she sat for her husband Prince Philip’s funeral the year before. 

During the ceremony in April 2021, the royal family abided by COVID-19 restrictions, which banned separate households from mixing and capped attendance at 30 people, Yahoo! News UK reports. The image of the Queen, wearing a black face mask while sitting alone at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle, served as a somber moment for others who lost a loved one during the pandemic.

17 months later at the same location, Charles was photographed with an open seat in front of him, just like his mother. He sat next to his wife, Queen Consort Camilla, and sister, Princess Anne.

King Charles III follows behind the coffin of Queen Elizabeth I as it is carried out of Westminster Abbey on September 19, 2022.

King Charles III follows behind the coffin of Queen Elizabeth I as its carried out of Westminster Abbey on September 19, 2022.

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The Queen’s funeral began at Westminster Abbey on Monday morning, which brought more than 2,000 royals, celebrities, and world leaders to London this weekend. Members of the royal family spent the week before the event honoring the Queen in various ways.

In another tribute to his late mother, Charles left a note that read, “In loving and devoted memory. Charles R” on the wreath that sat on top of her coffin. According to The Washington Post, the “R” stands for “Rex,” which is Latin for “king.” The initial is typically used by the monarchs when they sign off their correspondence, the outlet writes.

The wreath itself featured references to the Queen’s marriage to Philip. A spokesperson for the royal family tweeted that the wreath contained myrtle, which was cut from a plant grown from the Queen’s wedding bouquet.

Hundreds of thousands of mourners also left flowers, gifts, and personal messages for the Queen and her family since her passing on September 8 at Balmoral. According to a report from Metro, letters and drawings from the public were collected for the royal family to read at a later date.

The flowers left for the Queen were repurposed for her funeral. Video from The Royal Family Channel on YouTube shows officials removing the flowers and placing them neatly at the top of the Long Walk in front of Windsor Castle. The Queen’s hearse drove past the display on Monday on its way to the palace, Insider previously reported.



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