The funeral and burial of Queen Elizabeth II left emotional moments. Some royals could not hold back their tears and more than one was caught on camera in an attempt to hide their feelings.
The strict rules of royal protocol make it clear that royals should not let their tears flow. But, from theory to practice, there is a lot of difference. The emotion of saying goodbye to a loved one overrides any protocol.
Royals crying at the funeral
Meghan Markle crying
The first to be captured wiping away her tears was the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, who did not hold back her emotion as Queen Elizabeth’s coffin left Westminster Abbey on its way to Windsor where she would be buried.
Prince Harry’s wife stood alongside Queen Camilla, Kate Middleton, Princess of Wales, Sophie, Countess of Wessex and Prince George and Princess Charlotte.
Princess Charlotte crying
Although it is not entirely clear, some media have claimed that Princess Charlotte shed some tears and was then comforted by her mother Princess Kate.
Prince George crying
During the religious service at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, Prince George also seemed to look quite saddened by the death of Gan Gan’, as he affectionately called his great-grandmother.
Sophia, Countess of Wessex crying
No wonder Sophia, Countess of Wessex, shed a few tears for the Queen. It is more than well known the excellent relationship she had with her mother-in-law whom she visited frequently and called every day, for a reason she was known as the monarch’s favorite daughter-in-law.
Sofia, 57 years old, was seen wiping away tears on several occasions, once inside the vehicle that transported her to Windsor and other times inside the castle chapel itself.
Prince Edward crying
The husband of Sophie, Countess of Wessex and the youngest son of Queen Elizabeth could not hide his emotion during the service either. In fact, during the ceremony his wife passed a handkerchief to the prince to dry his tears.
The Earl of Wessex, 58, was seated with his wife in the front row of the chapel next to his siblings, King Charles III, Princess Anne and Prince Andrew.
King Charles crying
Although he was not seen wiping away his tears he was visibly affected, as were his sons William and Harry. The king was captured with a pensive gaze fixed on the coffin with his mother’s remains.
During the procession he was also visibly saddened.