Around four billion people are said to have watched the funeral service for Queen Elizabeth II on television today, which took place in Westminster Abbey. One detail aroused particular interest: a handwritten card peeped out of the bouquet of flowers on the coffin of the deceased monarch.
It was quickly speculated on the Internet what could be on it - and who the sender is. And quickly there was a clear favorite. Several details point to a person.
Zooming in, the coat of arms can be seen above the letter: Buckingham Palace. The official residence of the Queen for decades. Since her death, her successor has resided there: King Charles III. The words can also be deciphered to some extent: "In loving and devoted memory".
According to several Royal experts, Charles is the originator of the letter. As the new king, he gives his predecessor his last words. At the same time, the 73-year-old is following a very special tradition: the letter reminded many Royals fans of Princess Diana's funeral in 1997. A handwritten letter was also included with the coffin, addressed to "Mummy". He came from their then underage sons Harry and William.
Now Queen Elizabeth II also received a letter on her last journey - from her son Charles. A moving, personal touch on a day that is otherwise heavily dominated by set ceremonies.