Public duty, private sorrow: Charles III stalwart yet emotional at Queen’s funeral

After 10 days of royal engagements and 1,900 miles of travel, the 73-year-old king at times appeared close to tears during state ceremonies

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The King appeared to blink back tears as he gazed toward his mother’s coffin and the sound of a piper’s traditional lament, Sleep, Dearie, Sleep, faded to silence inside Westminster Abbey.

At the conclusion of the Queen’s state funeral, Charles III’s features welled with emotion. At times during the hour-long ceremony he closed his eyes or appeared lost in thought. But it was the sound of the Queen’s own piper, warrant officer Paul Burns who used to play for her at Balmoral, that seemed to finally come close to overwhelming him.

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