KING Charles “suppressed emotion” during the Queen’s funeral, in order to stay strong, according to a body language expert.

The new Monarch appeared to “wipe tears” from his eyes during the ceremony at Westminster Abbey. 

Judi James told Fabulous: “King Charles might have been keen to suppress his emotions today, needing to stay strong for the hours of official mourning, but his eyes were reddened as he arrived at the service, suggesting he was close to tears, and he appeared to be wiping tears from his eyes at least one point during the service.

“It was on the way out that the tension really showed in his hand gestures though. 

“His gloved hands clenched and unclenched several times, as though trying to relax the hand muscles. 

“He also patted himself on the side of the leg as though trying to re-motivate himself for the long and very solemn walk ahead.”

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Tearful King Charles led his family in an outpouring of grief today as the world bid Her Majesty farewell.

Charles, 73, was visibly emotional as billions tuned in to watch the Queen's state funeral at Westminster Abbey this morning.

Charles walked in solemn procession as his mother's coffin, draped in the Royal Standard flag, and topped with her Crown, Orb and Sceptre, was carried into the Abbey.

And as thousands lined the streets outside, the grieving King was visibly moved, going on to wipe his tears away in moments throughout the historic event.

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The Queen's eldest son was accompanied by his siblings Prince Andrew, Princess Anne and Prince Edward, as well as grandchildren Princes William and Harry today.

The family, united in grief, took their seats alongside some 2,000 others – including heads of state, prime ministers, presidents and European royals.

US President Joe Biden, France's Emmanuel Macron, and Emperor of Japan Naruhito, were among them, while billions more tuned in from pubs, cinemas, outdoor screens and living rooms around the world.

Prince George and Princess Charlotte walked behind their great-grandmother's coffin as it was carried through the Gothic church by the military bearer party.

It comes as…

  • Solemn King Charles leads the Royal Family in an emotional procession behind the Queen's coffin
  • Princess Charlotte, 7, and Prince George, 9, arrived at Westminster Abbey with mum Kate Middleton
  • Meghan Markle bowed her head as she joined the Royals
  • Prince Andrew wore a suit after being banned from his military uniform
  • Two thousand mourners including world leaders gathered for the funeral

Their parents, William and Kate, both 40, are said to have believed it important they attend the historic occasion and say a proper goodbye.

The King and the Queen Consort marched immediately behind the casket, followed by the Princess Royal and Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, the Duke of York, the Earl and Countess of Wessex, and the Prince and Princess of Wales.

George, nine, and seven-year-old Charlotte walked with their parents in a side-by-side formation, followed by their uncle and aunt the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and other members of the royal family.

Prince Louis, four, the youngest of the Wales children, was not present.

At several points during the service, the King, James, Viscount Severn, and Sophie Wessex seemed to have tears in their eyes.

They later bowed their heads, faces stricken with grief, during a poignant two minute's silence, followed by the national anthem.

Trumpeters sounded Reveille before the slow procession out of the Abbey began.

Hundreds of thousands of mourners lined the streets outside – the climax of what has been described as the biggest security operation the UK has ever seen.

Some dedicated royal fans had camped out since Friday to bag the best spots – and by 9am, all public viewing areas along the procession route were full.

They all hoped to catch one last glimpse of Her Majesty before she makes her way from London to Windsor to be reunited with her husband Prince Philip, who died last year aged 99.

Before the service, conducted by the Very Rev David Hoyle, Dean of Westminster, the tenor bell tolled every 60 seconds for 96 minutes, reflecting the years of the life of the Queen, who passed away "peacefully" at Balmoral on September 8, sparking an outpouring of grief around the world.

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He later said in the bidding: "Here, where Queen Elizabeth was married and crowned, we gather from across the nation, from the Commonwealth, and from the nations of the world, to mourn our loss, to remember her long life of selfless service."

The hearse travelled in procession to St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle via the Long Walk, after which a televised committal service will take place in St George's Chapel at 4pm.

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