The Queen Left a Heartbreaking Handwritten Note on Prince Philip's Coffin
Another heartbreaking detail emerged from Prince Philip's funeral, held at St. George's Chapel in Windsor on Saturday.
The Queen wrote one final note to her late husband and left it on his coffin, where it could be seen throughout the service. She reportedly signed the handwritten note "Lilibet," a childhood nickname that fewer and fewer people referred to as monarchs over the years. In fact, it was believed that Prince Philip was the last person she called "Lilibet".
The palace understandably declined to comment on the note or its contents, which it simply labeled "private".
The Queen made a sweet, final gesture of love for her late husband, Prince Philip.
On Saturday, Queen Elizabeth II mourned her 73-year-old husband at a small private memorial service at St. George's Chapel in Windsor. The Queen sat alone in the service as per COVID-19 social distancing guidelines and found a way to honor the Duke of Edinburgh in a very personal way in the stripped down service.
As People reports, the queen left her late husband a handwritten closing note on his coffin that she could be seen throughout the funeral service (although it wasn't clear enough to read).
Understandably, the palace declined to comment on the note or its contents, simply saying that it was "private".
The Queen has publicly shared her love for Prince Philip and her grief over his death through statements from the palace and in posts on the royal family's official social media channels. In 1997, in a post shared last weekend, shortly after Philip's death, the palace shared a touching quote from the queen about her husband.
"He was quite simply my strength and my stay in all these years, and I and his whole family and this and many other countries owe him a debt that is greater than he would ever claim, or we will ever find out", she said said in the quote shared on Instagram along with a portrait of the Queen and Prince Philip taken by Annie Lebowitz in 2016.
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