The saddest farewell: Prince George, 9, and Princess Charlotte, 7 – wearing a black hat – look solemn as they travel arrive at the Queen’s funeral with their mother
- Prince George, nine, and Princess Charlotte, seven, were seen travelling by car with the Queen Consort and their mother, the Princess of Wales, to the Queen’s funeral at Westminster Abbey today
- Kate Middleton and Prince William’s children were dressed in mourning black as they joined the royal family to pay their respects – but younger brother Prince Louis, four, was not in attendance today
- Charlotte held onto her mother’s hand tightly as they arrived at the historic Abbey ahead of the funeral
- The Prince and Princess of Wales, who moved to Windsor earlier this month, previously told how George was ‘now realizing how important his great-grandmother was’
Prince George and Princess Charlotte donned mourning black outfits – with Charlotte wearing a black hat with a bow – as they travelled with the Queen Consort and the Princess of Wales to join the funeral procession today.
The heir-to-the-throne, nine, and his little sister, seven, first travelled in a car with the Prince and Princess of Wales before later transferring to a procession car with the Princess of Wales and the Queen Consort.
The Queen’s great grandchildren cut solemn figures as they were driven past thousands of mourners en route to Westminster Abbey ahead of the state funeral.
Upon arriving at the historic Abbey, Princess Charlotte, who wore a mourning coat with velour collar and a matching wide-brimmed hat held tightly onto her mother’s hand, with George walking ahead.
The Wales’ youngest son, Prince Louis, four, stayed at home.
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Prince George, nine, and Princess Charlotte, seven, were seen travelling by car with the Queen Consort and their mother, the Princess of Wales, to the Queen’s funeral at Westminster Abbey today
The Queen’s great grandchildren sat in front of their mother, the Princess of Wales and the Queen Consort as they made their way to Westminster Abbey for the Queen’s funeral
The Princess of Wales cut a pensive figure as she joined her mother-in-law and two of her three children – while the King and Prince of Wales marched behind the Queen’s coffin – ahead of the funeral this morning
Solemnity: The family sat in hushed silence as the car drove past crowds of mourners gathered on London’s streets
As the new Princess of Wales and her daughter exit the royal car at Westminster Abbey, the senior royal gently guides the seven-year-old in the right direction
The Princess of Wales walking hand-in-hand with her daughter as the family arrived at Westminster Abbey’s hallowed doors
A supportive hand: Kate Middleton touches her daughter’s shoulder as the family make their way to their seats
The children watched as Prince William and other senior royals marched behind the coffin as it arrived at Westminster Abbey.
The couple are believed to have bought the second-in-line, George, along after senior palace advisers them to consider letting him attend the State funeral because of the powerful symbolic message it sends.
The children’s appearance today has come as somewhat of a surprise. The Daily Mail understands that the Prince and Princess of Wales thought ‘long and hard’ about whether their two eldest children, aged nine and seven, should join them.
But after George and Charlotte attended their great-grandfather’s memorial in March, William and Kate decided they could cope with the solemnity of the occasion. Louis, the couple’s youngest, is just four and will not be joining.
‘As parents they have, of course, thought long and hard about whether their children should accompany them,’ a source said. ‘Of course little Louis is too young, but they think George and Charlotte are up to it.’
Kate Middleton speaks to a member of the clergy welcoming the royal family to the Abbey, while holding Princess Charlotte’s hand
With her mother close by, Princess Charlotte walked into the Abbey today; the princess wore a mourning coat with velour collar and a matching wide-brimmed hat
Earlier the two children – younger brother Prince Louis, four, was not in attendance today – were seen with their parents, the Prince and Princess of Wales ahead of the Westminster Abbey service
Father and daughter appeared to chat during the short journey by car to the start of the funeral procession
Charlotte wore a black hat and looked sombre as she looked out at the thousands of well-wishers lining London’s streets
At the tender age of nine, and having just overcome the daunting prospect of starting a new school, George is now the second in line to the throne.
With this in mind, aides have suggested it would be good for the public to see the young Prince – who affectionately called the Queen ‘Gan Gan’ – and is the future of the Monarchy.
It comes after they appeared at the funeral of Prince Philip, their great-grandfather last year, and will give them a chance to say goodbye to Her Majesty, who they affectionately called ‘Gan Gan’.
It’s the first time any of the Wales children have been seen in public since the Queen’s death last Thursday.
It has been an extremely busy period for Kate, who has been supporting her husband Prince William publicly, and no doubt helping her children adjust to life without their Gan-Gan.
The death of their great-grandmother the Queen will be a heavy blow to Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis, as they and their parents begin a new life at Adelaide Cottage in the grounds of Windsor Castle – where Her Majesty spent most of the year.
During royal walkabouts and engagements this week, the Princess of Wales has offered a glimpse into the grief of her children, saying that Prince George has a greater understanding of their Gan-Gan’s passing.
Days ago, Prince William said the couple are ‘trying to keep everything constant’ for their three children since the death of their beloved Grannie.
While speaking with well-wishers outside the Sandringham Estate in Norfolk, the Queen’s grandson Prince William told royal fans the children are ‘settling in’ after their great grandmother passed away during ‘the first week of school’. But he added they were ‘doing ok’.
He told well-wisher Karen Anvil: ‘We’re trying to keep everything constant and settled for them.’
As royal fans chatted with the Prince of Wales, he admitted there was lots of talk of the Queen’s death among the pupils – and agreed it was the ‘only talking point’.
The Prince of Wales also mused with well-wishers about how lovely it was that his children were able to have a relationship with their great grandmother – just as he did.
He said: ‘I remember my great-grandmother, you see. She lived until 101. We thought my grandmother might get a bit more…’
Kate also spoke to royal fans before she and her husband looked at tributes to the late Queen, telling them the children were ‘in a routine’ and coping with their great grandmother’s death.
She said: ‘They’re in school and they’re being well looked after. They’re in a routine and they’re happy.’
The Princess of Wales added the young princes and princess had made ‘new friends’.
And yesterday, speaking to Australia’s Governor-General at a reception held for Commonwealth dignitaries ahead of the Queen’s funeral today, Kate told how their four-year-old Louis is asking questions and struggling to understand.
David Hurley recalled his conversation with Kate, saying she revealed her eldest son Prince George, nine, is ‘sort of now realising how important his great-grandmother was and what is going on’.
But four-year-old Louis has been asking whether the family’s summertime visit to Balmoral Castle will still be as he remembers them.
‘The younger one is now asking questions like, “do you think we can still play these games when we go to Balmoral” and things like that, because she’s not going to be there?”‘ Mr Hurley said.
It comes after two of the late Queen’s other great-grandchildren, Mia and Lena Tindall, were at Westminster Hall on Friday for her lying-in-state.
They were in the gallery with their parents Zara and Mike Tindall as their grandmother, Princess Anne, took her place alongside her three brothers for a silent vigil beside the Queen’s coffin.
Hundreds of thousands of Brits have queued to see the Queen lying in state this week, as the official period of mourning ends today.
Well-wishers waited for up to thirty hours to pay tribute as people from around the world sent their condolences to the longest running head of state .
Dignitaries from the commonwealth including Australia, New Zealand and Canada will join the Firm in mourning today, as well as monarchs from across Europe and the world.
The Queen’s state funeral today will end with a two-minute national silence in a ‘fitting tribute to an extraordinary reign’ before she is laid to rest beside her late husband.
Police have also been granted a no-fly zone order over London on today, which will follow 10 days of mourning.
As well as thousands of uniformed Metropolitan Police bobbies drafted into action, plain-clothes officers will also mingle among crowds to monitor any threats.
It is expected that other forces will be asked to provide officers under ‘mutual aid’.
The Queen’s Coffin was today carried from Westminster Hall to the State Gun Carriage, and then positioned outside the building’s North Door.
The procession then went from New Palace Yard through Parliament Square, Broad Sanctuary and the Sanctuary before arriving at Westminster Abbey just before 11am.
After the State Funeral Service finishes at around midday, the coffin will be placed on the State Gun Carriage outside the Abbey.
At 12.15pm, the procession will set off for Wellington Arch at Hyde Park Corner.
The route will go from the Abbey via Broad Sanctuary, Parliament Square (south and east sides), Parliament Street, Whitehall, Horse Guards including Horse Guards Arch, Horse Guards Road, The Mall, Queen’s Gardens (south and west sides), Constitution Hill and Apsley Way
At Wellington Arch, the Queen’s coffin will be transferred from the State Gun Carriage to the State Hearse just after 1pm, ahead of the journey to Windsor.
It then will travel from central London to Windsor, on a route that has not been disclosed by the Palace. When the hearse arrives in Windsor, the procession will begin just after 3pm at Shaw Farm Gate on Albert Road.
The state hearse will join the procession, which will have been formed up and in position, at Shaw Farm Gate before travelling to St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.
The procession will follow the route of Albert Road, Long Walk, Cambridge Gate, Cambridge Drive, George IV Gate, Quadrangle (south and west sides), Engine Court, Norman Arch, Chapel Hill, Parade Ground and Horseshoe Cloister Arch.
Just before 4pm, the procession will halt at the bottom of the West Steps of St George’s Chapel in Horseshoe Cloister. Here, the bearer party will carry the coffin in procession up the steps into the chapel.
The Queen will be interred during a private burial at King George VI Memorial Chapel in St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle at 7.30pm.
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