Farewell to their “Gan Gan” Queen Elizabeth II: Prince George and Princess Charlotte attend the funeral at the service – but seem overwhelmed.
Update from September 19, 2022, 1:20 p.m.: Bitter tears and helplessness – As announced in advance, Prince George (9) and Princess Charlotte (7) are part of the procession to give their great-grandmother a fitting farewell. However, the scope of the event does not seem to be so clear to the young heirs to the throne. “Georgie” shifts nervously in his chair, immerses himself in the program and then lets his gaze wander helplessly and restlessly through Westminster Abbey.
Even his younger sister, affectionately known as Lotti, apparently doesn’t quite know how to classify the procedure. With a questioning expression, she looks at Mama Kate, followed by a short, nervous browsing through the program. Then the look back to the crying New Princess of Wales. Despite mum’s whispered words, both Charlotte and George have nowhere to go in the packed nave of the iconic abbey.
First report from September 19, 2022, 09:45 a.m – London – In the final final hours after ten days of mourning Queen Elizabeth II (96, † 2022) Prince William (40) and Princess Charlotte (40) had a difficult decision to make. Should your children be present at the state funeral when a great queen, but also her beloved “Gan Gan” is brought to Westminster Abbey for the last escort? The decision of the prince couple has been made. Prince George (9) and Princess Charlotte (7) will be part of the procedure.
Queen’s funeral: George and Charlotte will initially accompany their mother in the car
The two older siblings, second and third in line to the throne, are together with King Charles III. (73) join the Royal Family in today’s procession as the eyes of the world are on central London. The palace confirmed the attendance, saying it was a “collective family decision,” sources told the Daily Mail. Not an easy walk for the family members, for the youngest it is certainly a great burden.
It is understood the two children will accompany mum, Princess Kate and the royal consort Camilla, 74, in a car to Westminster Abbey rather than walking the full route of the procession. Once there, they will join the train and, together with their parents and the royal family, follow their great-grandmother’s coffin into the venerable walls of Westminster Abbey. It’s a mighty march and a great emotional drain on the Cornwall and Cambridge children.
The day of Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral:
The last members of the queue that have formed in London since Wednesday will have said goodbye to the Queen early in the morning at Westminster Hall.
Her Majesty’s coffin will be transferred to Westminster Abbey for an hour-long funeral service attended by heads of state, kings and foreign dignitaries;
Prince Harry (38) and Meghan Markle (41), the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, are also taking part in the procession and will be present at the funeral service;
In the afternoon the coffin of the late monarch will be taken to St George’s Chapel in Windsor for the burial.
At the conclusion of the funeral service, Her Majesty’s coffin will be lowered into the Royal Vault at St George’s Chapel in Windsor, where she will come to rest alongside Prince Philip and her family.
Will the children be up to the great emotional challenge?
“Georgie” and “Lotti” had already attended the funeral of their great-grandfather Prince Philip (99, † 2021) last year, now they will have the opportunity to say goodbye to their majesty, their beloved “Gan Gan”. Great Britain is making history, it is a highly emotional moment for parents and grandparents, of course it can happen that the youngest ones have an emotional outburst in front of millions of spectators and high-ranking guests of state in public. But apparently Kate and William trust their children to say goodbye.
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Since the last visitors, after hours of waiting, personally said goodbye to those laid out in Westminster Hall Queen, time is running out relentlessly for the final, meticulously planned farewell to. Only in the evening, after an unforgettable ceremony at Windsor Castle, will the two children have gone on this difficult journey with their great-grandmother and will keep it in their hearts forever. Sources used: dpa, dailymail.co.uk