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Queen Elizabeth wipes away tears during tribute for fallen soldiers

The monarch was seen wiping a away a tear during a memorial for soldiers killed in Afghanistan.
/ Source: TODAY

Few can match Queen Elizabeth when it comes to her public stoicism, but an emotional tribute to fallen soldiers moved the 90-year-old British monarch to tears this week.

Queen Elizabeth II
Queen Elizabeth during a service paying tribute to fallen soldiers from the Duke of Lancaster's Regiment,Getty Images

The rare display of emotion came during a ceremony Tuesday in which the queen joined wounded veterans and their families to unveil a memorial for an Army regiment for which she serves as Colonel-in-Chief.

Britain's Queen Elizabeth wiping away a tear while attending dedication of The Lancaster's Regimental Memorial.
The monarch wipes away a tear during the ceremony.DARREN STAPLES / Reuters

The statue and plaque honored the 32 members of the Duke of Lancaster's Regiment who have died while serving in Afghanistan. The regiment was formed in 2006.

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Cameras captured the queen as she subtly wiped away a tear from her eye with a white glove just moments after she laid a wreath at the foot of the memorial.

The wreath was accompanied by a message that read, “In memory of the glorious dead. Elizabeth R.”

The queen has rarely been seen crying in public.

Most famously, she shed tears at the decommissioning ceremony for the Royal Yacht Britannia in 1997 and at a Remembrance Day Service following the 2002 death of the Queen Mother.

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