As the head of the royal family Queen Elizabeth is required to remain stoic in public, a trademark quality of the monarch who has to lead our country.
But there have been rare occasions where Her Majesty has been overcome and has displayed a hint of raw emotion, which has been captured on camera.
With all eyes on the Queen and speculation in the past whether she does indeed cry, thanks to an episode of Netflix’s The Crown that implied she didn’t, we take a look at the moments in history that have moved the monarch to tears.
Remembrance Sunday 2019
Queen Elizabeth II attended the annual Remembrance Sunday service at The Cenotaph on November 10, 2019 in London, England and was so touched by the service that she was spotted wiping away a tear from her eye.
The annual service marks the armistice ending the First World War between the Allies and Germany which was signed at Compiegne, France on eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month – 11am on the 11th November 1918.
90th Anniversary of the Gallipoli campaign
Queen Elizabeth was seen wiping a tear away as she observed a two minute silence at the Sandringham War Memorial in Norfolk to mark the 90th Anniversary of the Gallipoli campaign.
De-commisionning of HMY Britannia 1997
It was one of the rare moments that the Queen was famously captured wiping a tear from her eye as she attended the de-commissioning ceremony for the Royal Yacht Britannia. Prince Philip and Prince Charles were in attendance in 1997, to see the ship be taken out of service after 22 years, holding many memories for HRH and her royal family.
Aberfan Disaster 1966
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip visited Aberfan in Wales on 30 October 1966 to comfort the families of the 144 people who died when a coal tip collapsed on the local school, 116 of those killed were children. Arriving eight days after the tragedy, it’s often reported that the monarch lists the decision to wait to visit one of her biggest regrets. When she walked around the site onlookers said she let her guard down and wept.
Dunblane Massacre 1996
The Queen was visibly grief-stricken when she visited Dunblane Primary School in Scotland in 1996 where 16 pupils and their teacher were killed by a gunman. The Queen had an emotional private meeting with families of the bereaved and injured and later fought back tears as she laid a wreath at the school, which had the handwritten message: "With Deepest Sympathy – Elizabeth R."
Field of Remembrance 2002
This picture was taken at the opening of the Field of Remembrance in 2002, the first year the Queen marked the annual occasion without her mother following her death in 2001. The Queen Mother very rarely missed Remembrance Day services, with the Queen taking on her role, going on to observe the minute’s silence and a tear rolling down her face.
Duke of Lancaster Regiment Service 2016
Queen Elizabeth is also the Colonel-in-Chief of The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment and teared up when she attended The Duke of Lancaster’s Regimental Memorial Dedication at the National Memorial Arboretum on May 17, 2016 in Stafford, England. She had unveiled a statue in honour of those who had fallen since it was formed in 2006.
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