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

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

18/05/2016 6:30 AM AEST | Updated 18/05/2016 6:41 AM AEST

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. 

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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." 

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

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