The Princess of Wales arrived at Westminster Abbey with Prince George and Princess Charlotte to attend the funeral service of Her Majesty The Queen. The Princess followed the late monarch’s coffin up towards the front of the Abbey at the beginning of the service next to Prince William and behind The King and Queen Consort.
She has been praised for her subtle yet sweet gesture of reassuring her children as they headed into the Abbey by placing a gentle hand on each of their shoulders. Fans were quick to comment, gushing over the protective gesture, with many stating they were “in tears”.
Other members of the Royal Family, including The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, The Duke of York and The Earl and Countess of Wessex walked behind Her Majesty’s coffin. Before the service got underway, the tenor bell of Westminster Abbey tolled every minute for 96 minutes, reflecting each year of the Queen’s life. As the service draws to a close after an hour, The Last Post will mark the beginning of a national two-minute silence. The Queen’s Piper will then play Reveille, the national anthem and a lament to bring the service to a close at around 12pm.
The Prince and Princess of Wales have been seen many times since Her Majesty passed away at the age of 96 at the Balmoral Estate in Scotland. They were first seen with Prince Harry and Meghan viewing floral tributes left for The Queen outside Windsor Castle and the couple later did the same outside the gates of Sandringham House in Norfolk.
During her appearance in Windsor, Kate could be heard speaking to well-wishers about the monarch’s death. She explained how Windsor feels “very strange” without Her Majesty.
Elsewhere on the day, she revealed what Prince Louis had said once he heard the news. Speaking to a group about the importance of being brave, Kate’s voice cracked as she revealed that four-year-old Prince Louis told her “mummy, don’t worry because she’s now with great-grandpa.”
The Queen’s coffin will be carried back to the gun carriage after today’s service at Westminster Abbey at 12.15pm. The procession will move through Whitehall, through Horse Guards Parade and up The Mall. It will then travel around the Victoria Memorial outside Buckingham Palace and up Constitution Hill towards Wellington Arch at 1pm.
The coffin will be lifted off the gun carriage and placed in the state hearse, which will depart for Windsor as the parade gives a royal salute and the National Anthem is played. The hearse will arrive in Windsor and a further service will take place at St George’s Chapel. Members of the Royal Family not in the procession up The Long Walk will arrive for the service at 3.25pm.
The procession, which will have been joined by The King and other family members on the north side of the quadrangle as it passes into Engine Court, will arrive at the West Steps of the chapel in Horseshoe Cloister. The bearer party will lift the coffin from the hearse and it will be carried in procession up the steps into St George’s Chapel before the committal service.
Later this evening at 7.30pm, The Dean of Windsor will conduct a private burial service attended by The King and other royals. The Queen will be buried with the Duke of Edinburgh at King George VI Memorial Chapel.
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