She was totally alone.
With coronavirus restrictions firmly in place, a few of Queen Elizabeth II’s family members sat in small household teams with youngsters and spouses to mourn Prince Philip, her husband. However she sat alone on the finish of a pew, and for a lot of watching the proceedings from residence, the sight of the newly widowed queen, who will flip 95 subsequent week, was maybe the saddest picture of the day.
“These footage actually carry residence one of many horrible truths of the pandemic,” the British journalist Jane Merrick said on Twitter: “that there will be no tearful hugs with reunited household proper on the time whenever you want it most.”
One Twitter person, referring to a widely shared photo of Elizabeth, stated it was the primary picture from the funeral that made her tear up. “She seems so alone there, extra a widow at the moment than a queen.”
Many on social media remarked on the queen’s seeming frailty, saying she seemed “little” or “extra weak.” And of those that lamented her having to grieve her husband in an period of social distancing, some took pains to notice that their sympathy transcended any emotions in regards to the monarchy.
“Not a royalist, however really feel a lump in my throat for #QueenElizabeth,” one said. “Her beloved husband of 73 years, by her facet every single day; I can’t think about. Her lonely picture was heartbreaking.”