Spider spotted on Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin at funeral

A lucky spider got a prime viewing spot for Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral on Monday.

As the monarch’s coffin made its way through Westminster Abbey, a small sider appeared on the map accompanied by King Charles III’s floral tribute to his late mother.

One Twitter user called the spider as ‘royal’, while another pleased noticed“There was a spider on The Queen’s Coffin 🕷⚰️ As a spider fan I am delighted! 😄 👍 Happiest spider in the world!”

Spin on card to the left of the queen's chest.
The spider undoubtedly came from a royal garden.
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The spider clung to the map for a few seconds before returning to the wreath atop the coffin, no doubt a stowaway from a royal garden.

As previously reported, the wreath was carefully composed by King Charles III.

King Charles and Queen Consort at the Queen's funeral.
King Charles wrote the note on his mother’s coffin.
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“At the king’s request, the wreath contains leaves of rosemary, English oak and myrtle (cut from a plant grown from myrtle in the queen’s bridal bouquet) and flowers, in shades of gold, pink and deep burgundy, with accents of white , carved from the gardens of Royal Residences,” a tweet of the royal family.

According to the palace, each element of the wreath was weighted in symbolism.

Rosemary was selected for remembrance and myrtle as an ancient symbol of a happy marriage.

The Bearer Party of The Queen's Company, 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards carries the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, draped in a royal standard and adorned with the Imperial State Crown and the Sovereign Orb and Scepter of the Abbey of the State Funeral Service for Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, at Westminster Abbey in London on September 19, 2022.
The Queen’s casket was carried from Westminster Abbey by The Bearer Party of The Queen’s Company.
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Touchingly, the myrtle in the wreath comes from the same plant that was used for the Queen’s bridal bouquet in 1947 when she married Prince Philip. The Duke of Edinburgh died in April at the age of 99.

Leaves of an English oak were also used as a symbol of power of love.

King Charles, a longtime environmentalist, also requested that the wreath be made from sustainable materials and not contain plastic foam.

Queen Elizabeth II's State Funeral

The wreath contained flowers chosen by King Charles III.

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Funeral of the British Royal Family

The wreath contained flowers chosen by King Charles III.


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On top of the wreath was a heartfelt note that simply read: “In loving and devoted memory. Karel R.”

The “R” stands for “rex”, which means “king” in Latin. The queen – who died on September 8 at the age of 96 – signed her name with “regina”, which means “queen” in the dead language.

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