The message read: “In loving and devoted memory. Charles R”.
The “R” in King Charles’s title refers to “Rex”, which means king in Latin.
The service at Westminster Abbey – attended by around 2,000 guests – included Bible readings and traditional hymns, as well as a sermon by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby.
The coffin was draped with the royal standard, and the instruments of state – the Imperial State Crown and Insignia – were placed on top with a wreath of flowers.
Buckingham Palace said the wreath contained flowers and foliage cut from the gardens of Buckingham Palace, Clarence House and Highgrove House at the request of King Charles III. He sat in a nest of English moss and oak branches.
The foliage was selected for its symbolism – rosemary (for remembrance), myrtle (an ancient symbol of a happy marriage) and English oak (symbolic of the strength of love), the palace said. Myrtle was cut from a plant grown from a sprig of myrtle that featured in the Queen’s wedding bouquet when she married Prince Philip in 1947.
Before the funeral, King Charles thanked the nation for the outpouring of support and warmth his family had received.
The new monarch said in a moving statement that he and Camilla “have been moved beyond measure by all who have taken the trouble to come and pay tribute to the long-standing service of my dear mother, the late Queen”.
Queen Elizabeth II will be buried in St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, where her parents, her sister, Princess Margaret, and her husband, Prince Philip, are also buried.