Uninvited guest turns up at Queen Elizabeth II's funeral

World Tuesday 20/September/2022 04:14 AM
Uninvited guest turns up at Queen Elizabeth II's funeral

London: As mourners, including royalty and heads of state from around the globe, were present at Westminster Abbey to attend the State funeral of Queen Elizabeth II, an uninvited guest, who made its way to the Queen's coffin apparently to bid her a farewell, was also spotted on the occasion.

Users on Social media spotted a spider crawling on a handwritten note placed with some flowers on the queen's coffin. The note was written by Queen's eldest son and current monarch King Charles III. The short clip of the live coverage went viral on social media. Several Twitter users shared the video, one user calling the critter the most famous spider.

"Cute little spider was spotted on Queen Elizabeth II's coffin. I think it was just wanting to pay its respects for the Queen along with everyone else," one user said.

Another Twitter user shared a video saying, "The most famous spider in the world right now."

"Did anyone else spot the spider catching a ride on Queen Elizabeth II coffin?" tweeted another.

"How cute was the spider hitching a ride on Queen Elizabeth II coffin? Flowers chosen by King Charles from gardens in @RoyalFamily Highgrove & Buckingham Palace," tweeted another user.

The coffin of the longest-serving monarch of the United Kingdom was carried at Westminster Abbey in London today with the Royal family members and top world leaders in attendance.

Queen's wreath contained foliage of rosemary, English oak and myrtle and flowers, in shades of gold, pink and deep burgundy, with touches of white, cut from the gardens of Royal residences.

"At The King's request, the wreath contains foliage of Rosemary, English Oak and Myrtle (cut from a plant grown from Myrtle in The Queen's wedding bouquet) and flowers, in shades of gold, pink and deep burgundy, with touches of white, cut from the gardens of Royal Residences," the Royal Family tweeted.

In another incident, a police officer collapsed while on duty for Queen Elizabeth's funeral. The officer fainted during the services and had to be carried away on a stretcher. He collapsed before the funeral procession strolled down the Mall and he fell by Parliament Square, the New York Post reported.

The event occurred just as guards were starting to change positions, and he looked to be swaying before falling moments later. Before medics arrived, two police officers sped over to help him up, the publication added.

Queen Elizabeth II died on September 8 at Balmoral Castle in Scotland. It is the first state funeral in the UK since Winston Churchill's in 1965.

Numerous guests ranging from political heads of countries to distinct royal family members and dignitaries from across the world landed in the UK for the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II.

A state funeral means that the UK government has officially declared the day of the funeral as a bank holiday.

World leaders from American President Joe Biden to French President Emmanuel Macron joined members of the public in observing two-minute silence in memory of Queen Elizabeth II as the funeral service ended here with the recitation of "God Save the King", the reworded national anthem.

The sermon was delivered by Canterbury's archbishop, the Most Reverend Justin Welby. The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II was lowered into Royal Vault at Windsor Castle in London on Monday after the committal service.