Billions of people around the world are watching the ceremonial funeral of Queen Elizabeth in London in front of the TV sets. When looking at the magnificently decorated coffin, one detail catches the eye: a handwritten letter in a floral arrangement. What's it all about?
In addition to the state crown and a wreath of flowers, there is also a handwritten note on the coffin - a white envelope, which is very likely from King Charles III (73) comes and with which he addresses his 'beloved mommy' one last time, as RTL nobility expert Michael Begasse is sure.
The exact contents of the letter are unknown, but the following sentence can be seen: 'In loving and devoted memory. Charles R.'
Already at the funeral of Prince Philipp in April 2021, The Queen left a handwritten suicide note on her late husband's coffin. It was signed 'Lilibet', a childhood nickname Philip was the last person to share with her. The palace declined to comment on the note or its contents at the time, stating only that it was a 'private message'.
Charles also chose the flowers on the coffin himself, as the palace confirmed. The royal family tweeted details: 'At the King's request, the wreath includes leaves of rosemary, English oak and myrtle (from a plant grown from the myrtle in the Queen's wedding bouquet), as well as flowers in shades of gold, pink and deep burgundy with a touches of white, coming from the gardens of the royal residences.' The colors are meant to reflect the royal standard.
The flowers and foliage are from the gardens of Buckingham Palace, Clarence House and Highgrove House. Some flowers have been chosen for their symbolism: rosemary represents remembrance, myrtle is an ancient symbol of a happy marriage, while pedunculate oak symbolizes the strength of love.
Also at the King's request, the wreath was made in a sustainable manner in a nest of English moss and oak branches, floral foam was deliberately not used. (jve)