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Uninvited guest climbs on queen’s coffin
20-09-2022, 11:21 am
Almost everything is perfect at the Queen’s State Funeral celebrations. Finally, the ceremonial was carefully planned. But some things just can’t be planned. And so an uninvited guest causes a stir.
Queen Elizabeth II has embarked on her final journey. During a service at Westminster Abbey, some 2,000 guests from around the world bid farewell to the late monarch.
Before and after, the queen’s coffin was carried to its respective destination in two processions. First from Westminster Hall, where he had been lying for the past few days, to the church. Then from Westminster Abbey to the triumphal arch of Wellington Arch, from where it would go in a hearse to Windsor. There the queen finally finds her final resting place behind the walls of the castle.
As TV footage shows, an uninvited guest burst into the ceremony en route to the coffin through London. You will see a small spider crawling over the grave card that was in the flower arrangement on the coffin.
Happiest spider in the world?
This caused a real hysteria on Twitter. Numerous users posted snapshots or clips showing the crawling animal. However, most of the comments were humorous. “The happiest spider in the world,” commented one user. “Is there already a Twitter account for the Queen’s coffin wreath spider?”, another user wanted to know.
Unfortunately, we don’t know if the spider was really happy to get so close to the queen again shortly before her funeral. What we can report, however, is that she has chosen a rather exclusive place for her performance in front of the world audience. And that in every way. For example, at the special request of her son, King Charles III, the wreath was put together on the queen’s coffin.
The plants came from the gardens of their Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle residences and from Charles’ estate Highgrove House. These include rosemary, which symbolizes remembrance. The used myrtle – a symbol of happy marriage – was cut from a plant once grown from a myrtle twig in the queen’s bridal bouquet. Also included were pedunculate oak as a symbol of the power of love, geraniums, garden roses, hydrangeas, sedum, dahlias and scab. The wreath was gold, pink, and deep burgundy, with accents of white—the colors of the royal standard.
The wreath contained a personal letter from the king to his late mother. It said, “In loving and faithful memory. Charles R.” The R.” stands for Rex, the Latin word for “king”. Also enthroned on the chest were the state crown, scepter and orb. But all this is of course meaningless compared to a small spider.