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Prince Louis asks heartbreaking question after Queen's death: "Do you think we can still play at Balmoral Castle"

Prince Louis asks heartbreaking question after Queen's death: "Do you think we can still play at Balmoral Castle"

Australia's Governor-General David Hurley recalled a conversation he had with Kate Middleton during which she mentioned that her youngest son is wondering if their visit to Balmoral castle during the summers would be the same as earlier.

When the Queen passed away on September 8 at Balmoral Castle in Scotland at the age of 96 after serving as the longest reigning monarch of Britain, many people felt deep grief. For the members of the royal family, it brought a lot of tears and moments of sadness. The children of the family were not untouched by the heartbreak of losing their "Gan-gan." However, like any other children, these children have also been struggling to comprehend the gravity of this important moment in history. Especially, Prince William and Kate Middleton's youngest child, 4-year-old Prince Louis has been asking heartbreaking questions related to death.

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Image Source: Getty Images/Joshua Bratt- WPA Pool

 

Australia's Governor-General David Hurley recalled a conversation he had with Kate Middleton when he met her alongside other dignitaries before the State funeral of the Queen. Wondering if their visit to Balmoral castle during the summers would be the same as earlier, "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, cause she's not going to be there?'" Hurley said, reports Daily Mail.

Princess Kate and Prince William's children George, Charlotte and Louis are 9, 7 and 4 years old respectively and their struggle to grasp the death of a close family member is understandable. However, Hurley recalled Kate mentioning that her eldest son Prince George was "sort of now realizing how important his great-grandmother was and what is going on." Speaking about how children process their grief, Margaret Rice, curator of the Good Grief website, explained that "children experience grief and loss from a very young age," and it is normal for them to ask a lot of questions.

This year, from June 2 to June 5, 2022, there is the added celebration of the Platinum Jubilee of Elizabeth II in the UK and Commonwealth to mark the 70th anniversary of her accession to the throne on 6 February 1952. (Photo by Alastair Grant - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
This year, from June 2 to June 5, 2022, there is the added celebration of the Platinum Jubilee of Elizabeth II in the UK and Commonwealth to mark the 70th anniversary of her accession to the throne on 6 February 1952. (Photo by Alastair Grant - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

 

Along with their parents Princess Kate and Prince William, Louis' elder siblings Prince George, and Princess Charlotte, attended the service after a careful consideration made by their parents to include them in the ceremony, per PEOPLE. However, the 4-year-old was absent, maybe because of the difficult day that lay ahead. Kate Middleton, like any other protective mother during this somber occasion, held onto her children during the whole procession. She held Charlotte's hand as they entered the gates of the abbey where the Queen's funeral was held and was spotted stroking George's knee as a symbol of support.

State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II on September 19, 2022 in London, England. Queen Elizabeth II died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on September 8, 2022, and is succeeded by her eldest son, King Charles III. (Photo by Hannah McKay - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II on September 19, 2022 in London, England. Queen Elizabeth II died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on September 8, 2022, and is succeeded by her eldest son, King Charles III. (Photo by Hannah McKay - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

 

Last week, during the 40-minute walkabout at Windsor Castle a tearful Princess Kate shared with the members of the public how hard it is to explain these things to children. According to Express, Louis assured his mother that Gan-Gan was now with Great-Grandpa. The mother of three remarked that Louis' words were "so sweet." That day Prince William also spoke openly to 58-year-old Wokingham teacher Elaine Gee about George, Charlotte, and Louis, saying that "they were trying to keep some sense of continuity for them at school and keep things as normal as possible," per PEOPLE.

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