Kate Middleton, Princess of Wales, 40, was a comforting presence for George and Charlotte constantly, holding her daughter's hand as the family entered Westminster Abbey.
Joining senior royals to walk behind the Queen's coffin today, Prince George and Princess Charlotte traveled to Westminster Abbey with the Queen-Consort, Camilla, and the Princess of Wales, Kate Middleton. While heir to the throne, Prince George, 9, and his younger sister, Princess Charlotte, 7, traveled with their parents, the Prince and Princess of Wales, in a royal car initially, they moved on to a procession car with Kate Middleton and Camilla. Despite their young ages, both children seemed to understand the significance of the event, reports DailyMail.
i’m so incredibly proud of prince george and princess charlotte. they handled today with the respect and maturity beyond their years. pic.twitter.com/tVfT6WRgvj— Diana Pearl (@dianapearl_) September 19, 2022
Over 2,000 dignitaries, foreign royals, and politicians flooded into the revered London abbey for the Queen's state burial. The Queen's great-grandchildren mourned their great-grandmother as they were being transported to Westminster Abbey.
Kate Middleton, Princess of Wales, 40, was a comforting presence for George and Charlotte constantly, fiercely holding her daughter's hand as the family entered Westminster Abbey. Prince George was dressed in a navy blue suit with a black tie, while Princess Charlotte donned a black mourning coat with a velour collar and a matching wide-brimmed hat. Prince George displayed maturity beyond his years as he saw his father, Prince William, enter the Abbey after following the Queen's casket while comprehending the historical significance of the occasion.
Princess Charlotte is wearing her first piece of significant jewelry: a small diamond brooch in the shape of a horseshoe. A lovely tribute to a great-grandmother who so loved horses. (📷 Phil Noble - WPA Pool/Getty Images) pic.twitter.com/UUkMyPe6vr— The Court Jeweller (Lauren Kiehna) (@courtjeweller) September 19, 2022
With their heads bowed, Prince George and Princess Charlotte followed the Queen's coffin into the church, accompanied by their parents.
Kate proceeded to show her children support with a succession of kind actions, including gently leading her daughter through the oak doors of the Abbey. Louis, the youngest sibling, was not there when the kids showed up for the funeral. A source told DailyMail, "As parents, they have, of course, thought long and hard about whether their children should accompany them. Of course, little Louis is too young, but they think George and Charlotte are up to it."
The presence of the couple's older children at the funeral today has taken everyone by surprise. Prince William and Kate are thought to have invited the heir-apparent to the throne to the momentous event after senior royal advisers suggested that they consider allowing him to attend the state burial due to the potent symbolic message it conveys.
Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis will be deeply affected by the passing of their great-grandmother the Queen when they and their parents start a new life in Adelaide Cottage on the grounds of Windsor Castle, where Her Majesty spent most of the year.
The Princess of Wales has provided a glimpse into her children's anguish during royal walkabouts and engagements this week by claiming that Prince George is struggling to understand his Gan-Gan's passing. Following the passing of their adored great-grandmother, Prince William shared a few days ago that the couple is "trying to keep everything constant" for their three children.
Prince William told admirers outside the Sandringham Estate in Norfolk that the kids are "settling in" after their great grandma passed away during "the first week of school." They were "doing ok," he noted.
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