Amid Prince Philip’s emotional funeral over the weekend, one small detail seemed to stand out to observers: Queen Elizabeth’s handwritten letter, which she placed on her late husband’s coffin. It turns out that the poignant missive was even more significant than many realized.
ET spoke with royal expert Katie Nicholl, who explained the significance of Queen Elizabeth’s special signature on the sealed private letter.
“I think it was one of the most moving things in the entire service, and there were many very moving moments, but certainly seeing the duke’s naval cap, his ceremonial sword, that beautiful flower crown, his favorite flowers, white roses and freesia. , chosen by the queen who sat on the coffin with a carefully placed handwritten note, “Nicholl recalled.
“You couldn’t really make out much of the writing, but we know it was from the Queen,” he explained. “We believe it was signed ‘Lilibet’, which was the duke’s name for the queen.”
“He’s probably the last person to call her Lilibet. It’s not a name anyone else uses and I think there will be quite a stir in that,” Nicholl shared. “It will never be called Lilibet again.”
The couple, who married in 1947, wrote love letters during the course of their relationship. Their romance began when Elizabeth was just 13 years old and continued until Philip’s death.
During Philip’s service, the queen sat alone on the benches of the Chapel of St. George, where she was regularly seen with her husband by her side.
Members of the royal family gathered to say goodbye. The service was attended by Prince Charles, grandchildren Prince William and Prince Harry, Kate Middleton, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and many others. Philip died on April 9 at the age of 99, leaving behind four children, eight grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren.
The service was an intimate affair with only 30 people present. Before his death, Felipe was involved in drawing up his own funeral plans, opting for a smaller gathering rather than a state funeral, to which he was entitled as the queen’s consort.
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