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King Charles III seen wiping away tears during emotional goodbye to his mother Queen Elizabeth

King Charles III was visibly heartbroken throughout many key moments of his mother’s funeral as he mourned in the public eye.

After 11 days of momentous change and activity since the Queen died, Charles looked distraught and exhausted as the pallbearers carried the coffin into the abbey for the funeral service.

Close-up TV shots showed the grief on his face as he wiped tears away during the final hymn, ‘Love Divine, All Love Excelling’.

It was sung at Kate and William’s wedding in 2011.

Britain's King Charles and Princess Royal attend the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II, at the Westminster Abbey in London Monday, Sept. 19, 2022. (Hannah McKay/Pool Photo via AP)
Camera IconKing Charles and Princess Royal outside Westminster Abbey. Credit: Hannah Mckay/AP

His sister Princess Anne looked at him with concern and care before focusing on her mother’s coffin and crown in front of her.

The monarch sat at the head of the family next to Princess Anne, with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex behind him in the second row.

He also welled up when the entire congregation sang God Save the King.

Throughout the service, Charles gripped his ceremonial sword in his left hand.

King Charles in tears as the national anthem is sung.
Camera IconKing Charles in tears as the national anthem is sung. Credit: 7NEWS

As the whole church stood for the final moments of the service and before the Queen’s coffin departed the abbey, His Majesty blinked tears away.

The bearer party carried the Queen’s coffin back through Westminster Abbey and out of the Great West Door.

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 19: The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II with the Imperial State Crown resting on top is carried by the Bearer Party as it departs Westminster Abbey during the State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II on September 19, 2022 in London, England. Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor was born in Bruton Street, Mayfair, London on 21 April 1926. She married Prince Philip in 1947 and ascended the throne of the United Kingdom and Commonwealth on 6 February 1952 after the death of her Father, King George VI. Queen Elizabeth II died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on September 8, 2022, and is succeeded by her eldest son, King Charles III.  (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
Camera IconThe coffin of Queen Elizabeth II with the Imperial State Crown resting on top is carried by the Bearer Party as it departs Westminster Abbey. Credit: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

It was placed back onto the State Gun Carriage ready for the 3km procession from the Abbey to Wellington Arch.

It will take 30 minutes to reach the arch due to the slow march.

The crowds fell silent as Big Ben tolled during the procession.

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