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May 18, 2016 12:10 PM

Queen Elizabeth rarely makes a public show of emotion, but the stoic monarch was seemingly moved to tears at a service for fallen soldiers Tuesday.

The Queen attended the moving memorial for the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire. Thirty-two members of the regiment have died since it was formed almost 10 years ago.

When the Queen was photographed wiping her eye at the touching ceremony, the media went into overdrive: Was it a rare public display of emotion? A breeze? Allergies?

The Queen, who has a special relationship with the regiment as she is its colonel-in-chief, appeared to discreetly wipe away a tear way from her cheek as she looked upon the statue of the Lion of England, the regiment’s emblem. The palace declined to comment.

Queen Elizabeth wipes her eyes at The Duke of Lancaster's Regimental Memorial Dedication
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Throughout her 63-year reign, Queen Elizabeth has rarely cried in public.

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Queen Elizabeth wipes away a tear at the decommissioning ceremony for Her Majesty's Yacht Britannia in 1997
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She famously shed tears during a 1997 ceremony when the royal yacht Brittannia was decommissioned after 40 years of service. And then again in 2002 at a Remembrance Day Service soon after the Queen Mother’s death.

Queen Elizabeth with tears in her eyes at the Service of Remembrance in Westminster at St Margaret's Church in November 2002
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Prince Harry recently praised his grandmother for her record-breaking reign, admitting he feels the pressure of living up to her reputation.

“It’s just incredible to know that someone at that age appreciated and understood exactly what was expected of them, and to basically put duty ahead of everything else so early on in her life is quite remarkable,” he said in a documentary to honor her milestone 90th birthday.

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