Queen Elizabeth, who died on Thursday, led a disciplined life and was rarely seen showing her emotions in public. She suffered personal tragedies, but maintained an unwavering and resolute public persona. Still, there are instances where she has been caught on camera. Here’s a look at some of the occasions the monarch was moved to tears:
The Aberfan mine disaster of 1966
The Queen was also pictured crying in public at 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 launched in April 1953.
Queen’s Tears for the War Dead: Field of Remembrance
In 2002, Queen Elizabeth appeared moved when she took the place of her late mother to unveil a war memorial at Westminster Abbey in London.
A minute’s silence was observed after the monarch, who was dressed entirely in black, placed a modest wooden cross among others in the field of customary remembrance. She seemed to be wiping away tears during the silence.
The memorial field honors Commonwealth and British soldiers who died in war. The monarch was able to control her emotions before leaving the cemetery to greet the soldiers and look at some of the 19,000 crosses that had been sent from all over the country. The cross-planting ceremony had been performed by Elizabeth’s mother, Queen Mother Elizabeth, for virtually all of the previous 50 years.
In 2016, at the memorial of dead soldiers, the queen began to cry
Throughout a service in honor of fallen soldiers, the Queen was extremely emotional. The monarch stood alongside injured veterans, their loved ones and troops who lost their lives while serving in the Duke of Lancaster’s regiment, of which she is Colonel-in-Chief.
Since the formation of the regiment, a total of 32 members have died. During the event, Queen Elizabeth unveiled a monument at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire and laid a wreath.
Remembrance Day 2019 events: The Queen sheds a tear for war heroes