Heartbreaking photos show the Queen overcome with emotion


THE QUEEN is renowned for her resilience and stoicism in moments of tragedy but down through the years the monarch has on occasions put her emotions on display for the world to see.

One of her most recent displays of sadness was at last year’s Remembrance Sunday service in central London. The monarch dressed in black and looking on from a balcony overlooking the Cenotaph was pictured wiping away a tear. Below her a ceremony was underway to honour Britain’s war dead, with Prince Charles, Prince William and Prince Harry among other senior royals to lay poppy wreaths at the foot of the memorial.

Honouring the country’s war heroes is no doubt a cause very close to the 94-year-old’s heart.

In 2016 she cried during a remembrance service for fallen soldiers of the Duke of Lancaster regiment.

She was seen becoming visibly upset after unveiling a statue in honour of those who gave their lives for their country.

And in 2002 the Head of the Royal Family was moved to tears at the opening of the Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey.

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The Queen sheds a tear at the 2019 Remembrance Sunday service (Image: GETTY)

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The Queen was visibly moved during the service in November 2019 (Image: GETTY)

She was seen silently weeping during the minute’ silence held for the war dead.

She stepped forward to place a small wooden cross in the memorial which joined the thousands of other crosses on display throughout the church in memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

In 1966 when visiting the site of the coal mining disaster in Aberfan, South Wales, she appeared deeply troubled by the huge loss of life that occurred eight days earlier.

Flanked by the Duke of Edinburgh and a team of bodyguards, the Queen was greeted by grieving locals as she toured the site of the disaster which killed 144 people, 116 of whom were children.

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The Queen looked upset when she visited Aberfan in the wake of the disaster (Image: GETTY)

The couple’s visit came one day after the final victim’s body was recovered from the debris.

The Abefan disaster occurred on October 21 1966 when a colliery spoil tip collapsed causing the contents to spill down a hill as a slurry.

The coal waste crashed into a junior school and nearby buildings in the village killing locals.

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The Queen and Prince Phillip visit Aberfan eight days after the tragedy (Image: GETTY)

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The monarch wipes away a tear as she grieves for fallen soldiers of the Duke of Lancaster regiment (Image: GETTY)

It was reported at the time that the Queen regretted not visiting the town sooner.

Sir William Heseltine, who was a member of staff at the royal press office at the time, said upon reflection the Queen felt her visit was a little too late.

He said the villagers who were no doubt still in shock “craved” some comfort and sympathy from the Queen.

He said: “I think she felt in hindsight that she might have gone there a little earlier.

“It was a sort of lesson for us that you need to show sympathy and to be there on the spot, which I think people craved from her.”

The Queen was pictured red-eyed in the back of a car shortly after the death of the Queen Mother.

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The Queen looks visible upset at a ceremony in honour of the Duke of Lancaster regiment in 2016 (Image: GETTY)

The snap was taken as she left a chapel where she and fellow senior royals had privately bid farewell to the Queen mother with prayers and reflection.

The death of her mother in March 2002 came just seven weeks after the Queen lost her only sister Princess Margaret.

The Queen Mother was aged 101 at the time of her death while Margaret passed away aged 71.

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