King Charles III made sure the flowers sitting atop Queen Elizabeth II’s casket held special meaning.
The royal family tweeted early Monday the new monarch requested the wreath contain symbolic blooms that included florals from her wedding bouquet from her nuptials to Prince Philip.
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“At The King’s request, the wreath contains foliage of Rosemary, English Oak and Myrtle (cut from a plant grown from Myrtle in The Queen’s wedding bouquet) and flowers, in shades of gold, pink and deep burgundy, with touches of white, cut from the gardens of Royal Residences,” read the tweet.
The wreath, as well as her crown and scepter, were placed on top of the coffin as it made its way from Westminster Hall to Westminster Abbey, where it lay at the center of the chapel. There was also a note from Charles that read, “In loving and devoted memory. Charles R.”
The Queen married Prince Philip in front of 2,000 people on Nov. 20, 1947.
“If I am asked what I think about family life after 25 years of marriage, I can answer with equal simplicity and conviction, I am for it,” she said on the couple’s anniversary in 1972. She also called the late Duke of Edinburgh a “constant strength and guide.”
The pair were married until April 9, 2021, when Philip died at age 99 at Windsor Castle.
“It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen has announced the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh,” Buckingham Palace announced on Twitter at the time.
King Charles and Queen Consort Camila, followed by Kate Middleton and Prince William, followed the coffin into the Abbey after a regal procession from Westminster Hall. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle also joined the procession, walking behind Prince George and Princess Charlotte.
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