The image of the Queen was taken in 1971 at Balmoral in Scotland, known to have been one of her favourite places and the location where she eventually died on 8 September, making the photo all the more poignant. It depicts Her Majesty hiking in the misty moorlands near the castle. She is wearing sunglasses, a headscarf, and a knit cardigan while her coat lays draped over her arm.
The caption comes from Shakespeare's Hamlet, which King Charles III referenced in his first televised address to the nation: “May flights of Angels sing thee to thy rest.”
“In loving memory of Her Majesty The Queen. 1926 - 2022.”
The image was taken by Lord Lichfield, the late Queen's cousin, and was released on Instagram shortly after Her Majesty was laid to rest alongside her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, at the King George VI Memorial Chapel at Windsor Castle.
Royal fans flocked to the comments section to share their condolences. “A beautiful send off for our Queen 🙌❤️,” one person wrote. Another person put, “What a beautiful picture 🥺🥺 the wonderful Queen Elizabeth II will never be forgotten and will always be loved by everyone!”
A third person commented, “A great Queen lives forever in history.”
Following Monday's state funeral, the Royal Family will continue to mourn the Queen, with King Charles III announcing on 9 September that there is to be a further week of mourning after her burial.
Buckingham Palace said, “Following the death of Her Majesty the Queen, it is His Majesty the King’s wish that a period of royal mourning be observed from now until seven days after the Queen’s Funeral.”
Flags at royal residences will continue to stay at half-mast until 8am after the final day of royal mourning.
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