About him coffin of Isabel II several elements stood out this Monday, among them a handwritten note of his son, the new King Carlos III, as well as the imperial crown and a crown of flowers with special symbolism.
With his letter, Carlos wanted to pay a final tribute to his late mother: “In loving and devoted memory, Charles R.” The note was placed amidst a colorful wreath for the late monarch which, according to Buckingham Palace, contained, at the current monarch’s request, rosemary, English oak and myrtle, which had been cut from a plant grown from the myrtle used in Elizabeth’s wedding bouquet. The myrtle is a symbol of a happy marriage. There were also begonias, roses, hydrangeas, sedums, dahlias and scabious cut from the gardens of the royal residences of Buckingham and Clarece House in London and Highgrove House in Gloucestershire.
Likewise, the crown of the imperial state was placed on the coffin, which represents the power of the sovereign. It has 2,868 diamonds, 269 pearls, 17 sapphires, 11 emeralds and 4 rubies. Among these gems are the most precious stones of the jewels of the British monarchy. The queen herself wore the crown when she left Westminster Abbey after being crowned, in 1953, and at other official events such as during the annual State Opening of Parliament.
The orb and the scepter They are the other two remaining elements that could be seen on top of the coffin. The orb is a golden ball topped by a cross encrusted with precious stones and is intended to remind the monarch that his power derives from God. And the scepter is used to represent the power and government of the crown. It contains the Cullinan I diamond which, weighing 532.2 carats, is the largest stone cut from the Cullinan diamond, discovered in South Africa in 1905.
Finally, the coffin was wrapped royal banner, which represents the sovereign and the United Kingdom. She owns four quarters: England (three lions) in the first and fourth quarters, Scotland (a lion rampant) in the second quarter, and Ireland (a harp) in the third quarter.