King Charles looked very emotional during the singing of the national anthem at Westminster Abbey.

Grief-stricken Charles was visibly moved and looked close to tears as the national anthem was sang in the Abbey to mark the end of the state funeral of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II.

Charles remained silent during the song, while his siblings and members of the royal family sang along.

Gripping his ceremonial sword, Charles looked downcast as he stared straight ahead while a piper played Sleep, Dearie, Sleep.

King Charles sat at the head of the family in Westminster Abby, with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex nearby, after more than a week leading the monarchy and the nation in mourning the Queen.

The Queen’s children had walked behind her coffin when it was carried on a gun carriage from Westminster Hall, where the late monarch had been lying in state for four days, to the state funeral at the Abbey.

In a personal touch, the wreath adorning the Queen’s coffin had a handwritten note, which was penned by Charles.

The message said: “In loving and devoted memory.”

Charles was not the only member of the royal family to be overcome with emotion during the funeral of the late Queen.

During the service, Sophie, Countess of Wessex was spotted dabbing a tear from her eye while Princess Beatrice also looked overcome with emotion at one point.

Prince George was also comforted by his mother Kate during the service.

The Queen’s coffin has been draped in the Royal Standard, with the wreath of flowers requested by the King.

Cut from the gardens of Buckingham Palace, Clarence House and Highgrove House, the flowers and foliage have been chosen for their symbolism.

They include rosemary, for remembrance, and myrtle cut from a plant which was grown from a sprig of myrtle in the Queen’s wedding bouquet. Myrtle is an ancient symbol of a happy marriage.

The Queen’s coffin has now begun its final journey from Westminster Abbey to Windsor Castle where the late monarch will be reunited with her beloved husband, Prince Philip.

Hundreds of thousands of well-wishers flocked to London and are lining the route through the capital to say their last goodbyes, while millions around the globe are watching proceedings on TV.

Charles and his siblings walked behind the coffin as it left Westminster Abbey following the state funeral, while other royals are travelling by car.

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Later on Monday evening in Windsor, there will be a private interment service with senior members of the royal family, where the Queen will be reunited with her husband the Duke of Edinburgh.

The Queen’s final resting place will be the King George VI memorial chapel, an annex to the main chapel where her mother and father were buried, along with the ashes of her sister, Princess Margaret.

Philip’s coffin will move from the royal vault to the memorial chapel to join the Queen’s.


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