The death of Queen Elizabeth II signified the end of an era — and left the rest of us with an intimidating task. How does one properly honor an unprecedented 70-year reign? Well, in the days leading up to the Queen's funeral, thousands of people waited in never-ending lines to pay their respects to the late Queen in person. Some of the most touching tributes, however, went under the radar at her funeral. Take the flowers on Her Majesty’s coffin: The wreath was loaded with deep and meaningful details.
Hidden homages to the Queen
But eagle-eyed royal fans would have noticed more touching details besides just the flowers. At one point, the Queen's corgis, Muick and Sandy, came out to watch their owner pass by one last time. And then, of course, there were all of the other objects placed on top of Her Majesty’s coffin.
Many personal touches
Although the objects on top of the Queen's coffin once belonged to countless sovereigns before her, the modern world has always associated them with Queen Elizabeth II. The Royal Standard flag, the Royal Imperial Crown, the Sovereign's Sceptre, and the Sovereign's Orb are all emblematic of the British monarchy. They were all placed carefully alongside the magnificent wreath of flowers, which was specially put together by the royal family — King Charles in particular.
Her power and resilience
Just because the wreath of flowers was carefully curated by the Queen's family doesn't mean the other objects weren’t meaningful. On the contrary, the crown jewels have long represented the power and resilience of the British monarchy, and in this case, of the Queen herself. The Queen was presented with the Sovereign's Sceptre and the Sovereign's Orb during her coronation back in 1953, but the history of these jewels goes back hundreds of years.
The historic crown jewels
They were first used at the coronation of King Charles II in 1661. Then and now, the sceptre signifies the sheer power of the monarchy, while the orb is a symbol of the sovereign's sacred connection to God. Of course, the Royal Imperial Crown is the most recognizable of the crown jewels.