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Queen Elizabeth II Rarely Cries, But Just Shed A Tear For Fallen Soldiers

She's known for very rarely showing emotion in public.

As much as Queen Elizabeth II is known for her bold style and keen sense of humor in public, she's arguably just as well-known for keeping her emotions to herself while in the public eye.

But her majesty definitely appeared to be moved to tears in Stafford, England Tuesday at a memorial for fallen soldiers of the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment, which was founded in 2006 and of which she is the Colonel-in-Chief.

Queen Elizabeth II sheds a tear at the unveiling of a new memorial.
Queen Elizabeth II sheds a tear at the unveiling of a new memorial.

The queen chatted with wounded veterans, as well as families of the fallen soldiers. She then unveiled a new memorial that reads "Our Kingsmen Lions of England."

In one photograph, she appears to be wiping a tear with a gloved hand. She placed a wreath on the memorial with the note, "In memory of the glorious dead. Elizabeth R."

Queen Elizabeth II sheds a tear at an unveiling of a new memorial.
Queen Elizabeth II sheds a tear at an unveiling of a new memorial.
The wreath Queen Elizabeth II laid on the new memorial. 
The wreath Queen Elizabeth II laid on the new memorial. 

How rare is this display of emotion from the 90-year-old monarch? The queen famously shed tears during a 1997 ceremony when the royal yacht Brittannia was decommissioned in a cost-cutting measure after 40 years of service, but has kept a mostly dry eye since.

Queen Elizabeth II at the Royal Yacht Britannia's de-commisioning ceremony.
Queen Elizabeth II at the Royal Yacht Britannia's de-commisioning ceremony.
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