Queen's funeral: What does the card on top of the coffin say?

·Lifestyle Writer, Yahoo Life UK
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The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II with the Imperial State Crown resting on top is carried by the Bearer Party as it departs Westminster Abbey during the State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II on September 19, 2022 in London, England. Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor was born in Bruton Street, Mayfair, London on 21 April 1926. She married Prince Philip in 1947 and ascended the throne of the United Kingdom and Commonwealth on 6 February 1952 after the death of her Father, King George VI. Queen Elizabeth II died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on September 8, 2022, and is succeeded by her eldest son, King Charles III.  (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
Onlookers noticed a heartfelt handwritten card on the coffin of the late Queen at the state funeral. (Getty Images)

A handwritten card accompanied the wreath of flowers placed on top of the late Queen's coffin during her funeral.

As the coffin traveled from Westminster Hall to Westminster Abbey for the service, and departed again to Wellington Arch to be transferred into a hearse for its journey to Windsor Castle, viewers clocked the personal message.

The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, draped in the Royal Standard with the Imperial State Crown and the Sovereign's sceptre, is carried out of Westminster Abbey, during the State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II, held in London on September 19, 2022. (Photo by PHIL NOBLE / POOL / AFP) (Photo by PHIL NOBLE/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
'In loving and devoted memory,' King Charles wrote to his late mother. (Getty Images)

The note, written by King Charles to his mother, reads: "In loving and devoted memory. Charles R."

The 'R' stands for rex, Latin for 'king', which he inherited after Queen Elizabeth II's death.

During her reign, the 'R' used next to her name stood for regina, Latin for 'queen'.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s coffin, covered with His Royal Highness’s Personal Standard, during the Ceremonial Procession during the funeral of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh at Windsor Castle on April 17, 2021 in Windsor, England. Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark was born 10 June 1921, in Greece. He served in the British Royal Navy and fought in WWII. He married the then Princess Elizabeth on 20 November 1947 and was created Duke of Edinburgh, Earl of Merioneth, and Baron Greenwich by King VI. He served as Prince Consort to Queen Elizabeth II until his death on April 9 2021, months short of his 100th birthday. His funeral takes place today at Windsor Castle with only 30 guests invited due to Coronavirus pandemic restrictions. (Photo by Hannah McKay/WPA Pool/Getty Images)
The late Prince Philip's coffin during his funeral at Windsor Castle on 17 April 2021. (Getty Images)

This gesture is reminiscent of when the Queen wrote a note for the late Prince Philip's coffin. She signed a similar message with 'Lilibet', the childhood nickname used by her husband.

The note from Charles to the late monarch was carefully placed among a wreath of flowers, in shades of gold, pink and deep burgundy, with touches of white, which included another tribute.

As requested by him, it was made of flowers cut from the gardens of Buckingham Palace, Clarence House and Highgrove House, with symbolic foliage.

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Rosemary was used for remembrance, while myrtle was used as the ancient symbol of a happy marriage, cut from a plant grown from the sprig of myrtle in the late Queen's wedding bouquet in 1947. English oak also symbolised the strength of love.

The note nestled in flowers sat behind by the Imperial State Crown, placed on a purple velvet cushion.