Moment a tiny runaway spider from the Queen’s own garden was seen crawling across her coffin as she was taken into Westminster Abbey
Eagle-eyed mourners watching the Queen‘s state funeral on TV this morning spotted a little spider scurrying across a handwritten card from King Charles left on the coffin.
As Queen Elizabeth’s coffin passed down the nave of Westminster Abbey during the solemn ceremony, a tiny spider popped out in front of the card that accompanied King Charles’s wreath for his late mother.
The spider, oblivious to its surroundings, appeared for a few seconds before returning to the wreath where it had presumably been hiding – but not before royal watchers caught sight of the uninvited guest.
It has been dubbed the ‘most famous spider in the world right now’ as another described it as the ‘luckiest spider right now’.
A spider was seen scurrying across a note from King Charles III which was placed amongst a wreath on top of the Queen’s coffin
The spider can be seen on the top right hand corner of the poignant note from Charles to his late mother
Eagle-eyed watchers following the live broadcast of the Queen’s funeral spotted the spider – before a few seconds later it was gone again
The Queen’s coffin has been draped in the Royal Standard, with the wreath of flowers requested by the King – during the service at Westminster Abbey
Watchful mourners took to social media to begin asking each other: ‘Did anyone see that spider on that bouquet of flowers? On the queens coffin?’
One Twitter user said: ‘That spider crawling about on the queens coffin has got to be the most famous spider in the world now.’
‘There was a spider on The Queen’s Coffin. As a spider fan, I am elated! Luckiest Spider in the world!’ another said.
One tweeted that the meanings and symbolism of a spider include artistry, manifestation, patience, feminine power, ancient wisdom, illusion, balance, and interconnection.
Spiders symbolise artistry because of how they weave their webs, manifestation due to their ability to plan and strategize, and patience because of how long it takes to weave intricate webs, according to UniGuide.
They are said to also symbolise female empowerment, ancient wisdom because they’ve been on Earth for more than 300 million years, illusion and balance as they keep natural ecosystems in balance.
People have been talking about the spider spotted on the Queen’s coffin on social media
The Queen’s coffin has been draped in the Royal Standard, with the wreath of flowers requested by the King.
Cut from the gardens of Buckingham Palace, Clarence House and Highgrove House, the flowers and foliage have been chosen for their symbolism.
They include rosemary, for remembrance, and myrtle cut from a plant which was grown from a sprig of myrtle in the Queen’s wedding bouquet. Myrtle is an ancient symbol of a happy marriage.
A handwritten card placed among the flowers read: ‘In loving and devoted memory. Charles R’.
The coffin also bore the instruments of state – the Imperial State Crown, the Orb and the Sceptre.
They were to be placed on the high altar of St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle, where the queen was to be buried after a final military procession from the abbey to London’s Wellington Arch.
The flowers and foliage chosen for the wreath on the Queen’s coffin all carried poignant symbolism
Members of the royal family following the Queen’s coffin as it was carried out of Westminster Abbey
The coffin also bore the instruments of state – the Imperial State Crown, the Orb and the Sceptre
Members of the royal family and world leaders are among 2,000 people who have attended the ceremony today as the nation mourns the death of the Monarch
Hundreds of thousands of well-wishers flocked to London and are lining the route through the capital to say their last goodbyes, while millions around the globe are watching proceedings on TV.
During the service, Charles was visibly moved and looked close to tears as the national anthem was sung in the Abbey.
Prince George was also comforted by his mother, the Princess of Wales, during the service.
After the funeral the coffin was borne on a gun carriage in a spectacle not seen for many generations, as hundreds of soldiers, sailors and airmen marched to solemn funeral pieces or lined the route.
Behind her coffin were Charles and his siblings – the Princess Royal, Duke of York and Earl of Wessex – who were followed by the monarch’s three grandsons, Peter Phillips, Duke of Sussex and Prince of Wales.
Members of the Navy in the ceremonial procession following the state funeral on Monday
Royal Navy Sailors walk ahead and behind the Queen’s coffin draped in the Royal Standard
King Charles III walking behind the coffin as it travelled from Westminster Abbey to Wellington Arch
Hundreds of thousands of well-wishers flocked to London and lined the route through the capital to say their last goodbyes
After the funeral the coffin was borne on a gun carriage in a spectacle not seen for many generations
Crowds in Windsor sang the national anthem as they watched the state funeral while awaiting the arrival of the Queen’s coffin.
Thousands of mourners poured through Windsor and Eton to line the Long Walk up to Windsor Castle, where the Queen’s coffin arrived for a Committal Service at St George’s Chapel.
People watched the state funeral and procession in London from big screens positioned along the road.
The largely black-clad crowd fell silent and the atmosphere grew sombre as the Last Post sounded and a two-minute silence followed.
Many then began to sing the national anthem when it played from the speakers afterwards.
The lyrics ‘God save our gracious King’ rang out across Windsor while people bowed their heads and wiped tears from their eyes.
Later, marching bands proceeded from the castle down the Long Walk to Shaw Farm Gate, followed by cheers and applause from the crowds.
Elsewhere, hundreds of colourful bouquets brightened the base of Windsor Castle ahead of the procession of the Queen’s coffin through the Berkshire town.
Several mourners prayed and quietly shed a tear as they laid flowers for the Queen.
Jennifer Bryant said she wanted to come to the Long Walk in Windsor to say goodbye to the Queen, as the last time she had seen her in person was there 42 years ago.
Ms Bryant, 73, from Reading, recalled the ‘amazing experience’ of seeing the Queen leaving for Royal Ascot in 1980, and how the Queen had waved to her and her three-year-old daughter.
She said that she felt emotional as the thousands of mourners in Windsor went quiet for the two-minute silence.
Ms Bryant added that for her, the Queen represented ‘stability and reliability’ and she felt she had ‘kept our country stable’ by always being there.
Anne Cooper described the atmosphere at the Long Walk in Windsor as ‘calm’ as thousands came together to pay their respects.
Ms Cooper, from Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, was draped in a Union flag as she watched the funeral on the big screens.
‘She’s been the Queen all my life. I was a Brownie and a Guide so we would make a promise to serve the Queen, so she’s just a really big part of the country,’ she said.
Gideon Rutherford said he wanted to take his three children to Windsor to be a part of this historic day, as he feels they will ‘remember it for the rest of their lives’.
Speaking from the Long Walk, Mr Rutherford, from Hampshire, said: ‘It’ll be a long time before we experience anything like this again in our lives, so it’s a moment in our country’s history and it’s important to experience it.’
His children, Edward, 11, and nine-year-old twins Theadora and Honor, attend Cheam preparatory school in Headley, Hampshire, where the King and his late father the Duke of Edinburgh studied.
Theadora and Honor said it felt ‘very special’ to attend the same school as the King and they felt it was ‘very important’ to be at Windsor for the Queen’s funeral as she ‘did a lot for our country’.