King Charles III shed tears as members of the Royal Family and congregation at the burial service for Queen Elizabeth II’s body took place on Monday, with the monarch visibly emotional as ‘God Save The King’ was sung in its final phase.
The 73-year-old king was shown on official coverage of the event as the national anthem began to play, his eyes red with tears on his face.
The royals were joined in the chapel by members of foreign royal houses, many of whom are related to their British counterparts through the common ancestry of Queen Victoria.
The King took part in the service after walking in procession from Westminster Hall to Westminster Abbey in the morning and then from the Abbey to Wellington Arch after the state funeral.
A moving tribute was staged by members of the Queen’s staff as her coffin passed Buckingham Palace after the state funeral, many of them appearing in uniform lined up with their heads bowed to the palace gates.
A number of its closest members, including Page of the Backstairs, Paul “Tall Paul” Whybrew also played key roles when the motorcade reached Windsor.
As the procession traveled the long promenade of the castle, staff members walked in front of it, creating an escort.
Queen Camilla, the Prince and Princess of Wales, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and the Queen’s children Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward with their families also attended the burial service.
The King wasn’t the only family member to shed tears that day, as his granddaughter Princess Charlotte and stepdaughter Meghan Markle were also pictured in an emotional state at times during the services.
Charlotte’s emotional outburst led her to seek comfort from her mother, the Princess of Wales, outside the abbey.
The Princess, 7, attended the state funeral alongside her brother Prince George, 9, and together with their brother Louis, 4, the children of Wales started a new school on the day of the death of the queen on September 8.
The deposition service included the reading of a number of psalms favored by the Queen, as well as the ceremonial removal of the regalia from her coffin.
Before the coffin was lowered into the royal vault below St. George’s Chapel, the Imperial State Crown, Scepter and Golden Orb were ceremonially removed by the crown jeweler and placed on the master- altar.
This means they now belong to the new monarch, Charles, and is in keeping with centuries-old tradition.
After the burial service, the congregation returned to the castle where they will later return to the chapel for a private burial ceremony.