Unseen picture of Queen in the Scottish countryside released in final tribute

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Photo credit: Royal Family/Twitter
Photo credit: Royal Family/Twitter

A previously unseen picture of Queen Elizabeth II hiking in the Scottish countryside has been released by the Royal Family, following her state funeral on Monday 19th September 2022.

The image of the late monarch, which was taken at Balmoral Castle in 1971, shows the Queen walking in the moorlands surrounding the castle. It was posted on the Royal Family's Twitter with a caption from Shakespeare's Hamlet: "May flights of Angels sing thee to thy rest. In loving memory of Her Majesty The Queen. 1926 — 2022."

This is the same phrase King Charles III used at the end of his first TV address as the new monarch on Friday 9th September.

The image release comes shortly after the Queen was laid to rest on at the King George VI Memorial Chapel, part of St George's Chapel, in the grounds of Windsor Castle. While the burial service was attended by close Royal Family members only, the state funeral was attended by over 2,000 guests, including many heads of states, presidents, world leaders, celebrities and royals from around the world.

Photo credit: Gareth Cattermole - Getty Images
Photo credit: Gareth Cattermole - Getty Images

Marking the end of 10 days of events across the UK since Her Majesty's death, the service paid tribute to the Queen's remarkable reign and lifetime of service. During the service, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, told the congregation that the outpouring of emotion for the Queen "arises from her abundant life and loving service, now gone from us".

He ended his sermon by using the Queen's words from her Covid lockdown address to the nation: "We will meet again."

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