Queen Elizabeth II wrote one last note to the love of her life Prince Philip. The monarch gave her husband of nearly 74 years a somber sendoff on Saturday, April 17 with a traditional ceremony at St George’s Chapel in Windsor.
After a heartbreaking photo of her sitting alone at the intimate service went viral, more melancholy details have been revealed from the event. Queen Elizabeth II left a handwritten note on top of her love’s coffin.
It joined the Duke of Edinburgh’s personal flag, sword and naval cap, as well as custom wreath. While PEOPLE reported that the palace wouldn’t comment on the “private” contents of her card, it was clear the icon signed the note with her childhood nickname “Lilibet.”
The name was used by close family when the royal was too young to properly pronounce Elizabeth. Over the years Prince Philip kept the nickname up as a term of endearment for his wife.