A spider on Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin and flowers during her funeral was the latest insect to gain internet fame. Photos of the spider went viral on social media when Britain’s longest reigning monarch was buried today.
The Queen of England’s state funeral took place at Westminster Abbey in London on Monday, September 19, 2022, on a public holiday for the kingdom, according to the Independent. The funeral marked the 10th and final day of mourning for Queen Elizabeth II, who died at Balmoral Castle in Scottland on Thursday, September 8, 2022, aged 96.
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Twitter users were among the first to see the spider, which appeared on a handwritten note King Charles III wrote to his mother. People reported that the note was a white card on royal letterhead. He wrote, “In loving and devoted memory, Charles R.”
“The most famous spider in the world right now,” wrote Twitter user Laura, along with the hashtags #queensfuneral and #QueenElizabethIIMemorial.
Mike Signton, the retired senior executive of NBC, compared the spider to the fly that landed on Mike Pence’s head during the vice presidential debate in 2020.
“The spider on Queen Elizabeth’s coffin is now more famous than the fly on Mike Pence’s head,” he wrote.