Queen Elizabeth, who passed away on Thursday, led a disciplined life and was rarely seen showing emotion in public. He suffered personal tragedies, yet maintained a firm and resolute public personality. Nevertheless, there are many instances where he was caught on camera. Here’s a look at some of the times when the emperor broke down in tears:
Aberfan Mine Disaster of 1966
The Queen was also seen crying in public during the decommissioning ceremony of the Royal Yacht Britannia in Portsmouth in 1997. Her Majesty had a deep personal affection for the ship, which she herself had launched in April 1953.
Queen’s Tears for the War Dead: Fields of Remembrance
In 2002, Queen Elizabeth became emotional when she stepped in at her late mother’s place to inaugurate a war memorial at Westminster Abbey in London.
A minute’s silence was observed after the king, who was completely in black, installed a modest wooden cross among others in the traditional remembrance area. She was seen wiping tears during the silence.
The memorial area honors the Commonwealth and British war dead. The emperor was able to control his emotions and looked at some of the 19,000 crosses sent from across the country before leaving the churchyard to greet the soldiers. The cross-planting ceremony was performed by Elizabeth’s mother, Queen Mother Elizabeth, for nearly 50 years.
In 2016, at the memorial of the dead soldiers, the queen began to cry
During a service honoring the dead soldiers, the queen was seen to be very shaken. The Emperor stood with wounded veterans, their loved ones, and soldiers who lost their lives while serving with the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment, of which he is Colonel-in-Chief.
Since the formation of the regiment, a total of 32 members have passed away. During the event, Queen Elizabeth unveiled a memorial and laid a wreath at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire.
2019 Remembrance Day event: Queen sheds tears for war heroes