‘Sing thee to rest’: Palace shares unseen picture of Queen hiking in her beloved moorlands

Speaking on Friday, September 9, a day after Her Majesty died, the King said: “We owe her the most heartfelt debt any family can owe to their mother; for her love, affection, guidance, understanding and example.

“To my darling Mama, as you begin your last great journey to join my dear late Papa, I want simply to say this: thank you.

“Thank you for your love and devotion to our family and to the family of nations you have served so diligently all these years.”

In a final flourish borrowed from Shakespeare’s Hamlet, he added: “May ‘flights of Angels sing thee to thy rest’.”