Queen Elizabeth II funeral: Prince George and Princess Charlotte there – but overwhelmed

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?

The day weighs heavily on the children of Princess Charlotte and Prince George. You will be part of the procession of Queen Elizabeth II (photomontage).

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Last year “Georgie” and “Lotti” attended the funeral of their great-grandfather Prince Philip (99, † 2021), 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.

Joy, sorrow, jubilation: The milestones of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign

Queen Elizabeth II could look back on an eventful life.  (photomontage)
God Save the Queen: The national anthem in honor of Queen Elizabeth II has been performed in Great Britain for over 70 years. The monarch can look back on an eventful life. (photomontage) ©Pa/Ben Stansall/dpa
King George VI  poses for the camera with his wife Queen Elizabeth and daughters Elizabeth and Margaret.
At the time of her birth, no one suspected that little Elizabeth (2nd from left) would one day take a seat on the throne. After the abdication of her uncle Edward VIII in December 1936, the crown passed to her father George VI. (l.) above. The then ten-year-old Elizabeth became the first in line to the throne and her future changed from one day to the next. © Courtesy Everett Collection/Imago
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip walk arm in arm after their wedding in 1947.
Elizabeth and her Philip (99, † 2021) were able to experience 73 years of marital bliss together. The then British Crown Princess and the naval officer with German roots exchanged vows on November 20, 1947 in front of 2000 guests in London. © United Archives International/Imago
The British royal family at Buckingham Palace after the christening of Prince Charles.
The birth of the first child marks an important turning point in every woman’s life. Elizabeth and Philip’s first son, Prince Charles, was born on November 14, 1948. The Queen became a mother for the first time at the age of 22, securing the line of succession to the British throne. © United Archives International/Imago
Queen Elizabeth II stands next to Prince Philip on the balcony of Buckingham Palace after her coronation
Princess Elizabeth becomes Queen Elizabeth II: After the sudden death of King George VI. (56, † 1952) on February 6, 1952, the then 25-year-old followed her father to the British throne. Almost 280 million TV viewers worldwide did not want to miss the pompous coronation on June 2, 1953. ©Pa/dpa
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip ride in a carriage during the celebration of the 25th throne anniversary.
This milestone put the whole of London in a celebratory mood: Queen Elizabeth II’s silver jubilee was celebrated in June 1977 as part of the “Jubilee Days”. Street festivals, church services, fireworks etc. were held in honor of the monarch. © Zuma/Imago
Queen Mum, Prince Philip, Princess Diana, Prince Charles and Queen Elizabeth pose for photographers after Prince William’s christening.
The birth of Prince William heralded a new generation of heirs to the throne, Queen Elizabeth II was already a grandmother of two at the time. Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s first child was born on June 21, 1982. © United Archives/Imago
Queen Elizabeth II gives a speech at Augustusburg Castle in 1992 (symbolic image).
The “annus horribilis” (engl.: year of horror) 1992 is probably still remembered by the Queen to this day. Not only the separations of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson and Prince Charles and Diana and the divorce of Princess Anne and Mark Phillips caused an uproar in the palace. In November, a fire devastated several rooms at Windsor Castle. © Martin Gerten/dpa
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip look at the flowers laid outside Buckingham Palace following the death of Princess Diana.
The Queen angered her compatriots when she remained silent for days after Princess Diana’s tragic death on August 31, 1997 and did not return to London immediately. The royal family was accused of cold-heartedness and aloofness, and their cool reaction sparked consternation in Britain. © John Stillwell/dpa
Queen Elizabeth II holds flowers in her hand, excited fans are waiting next to her.
After two strokes of fate in spring 2002, the death of her sister Margaret (71, † 2002) and her mother Queen Mum (101, † 2002), Queen Elizabeth II had reason to smile again in the summer. The monarch celebrated her 50th anniversary with the “Golden Jubilee Weekend” in London and several trips abroad. © Martyn Hayhow/dpa
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip attend the 60th Jubilee Ship Parade.
Ten years later, the next milestone could already be celebrated. In June 2012, all of London was in a state of emergency again as the unflappable Queen celebrated the 60th anniversary of her accession to the throne. The highlight of the celebrations: a kilometer-long parade of ships through the metropolis. © Paul Marriott/Imago
Queen Elizabeth II speaks to Prince William and Kate Middleton at Prince George’s christening.
Queen Elizabeth II does not have to worry about her successor. The birth of her great-grandson Prince George on July 22, 2013, the first child of Prince William and Kate Middleton, made royal history. For the first time since 1894, there are three generations of heirs to the throne (Prince Charles, Prince William, Prince George). © John Stillwell/dpa
Queen Elizabeth II wears a crown and looks out the window of her carriage.
Queen Elizabeth II is the longest reigning British monarch. On September 9, 2015, she overtook her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria (1901, † 81), who held the office of head of state for 63 years and 216 days. © Zuma Press/Imago
Queen Elizabeth II seated at St George’s Chapel in Windsor during the funeral service for Prince Philip.
In 2021, Queen Elizabeth II had to say goodbye to her great love. Prince Philip died at Windsor Castle on April 9, aged 99. Due to the corona restrictions, the funeral service only took place in a small circle. The image of the lonely queen moved royal fans worldwide. © Jonathan Brady/dpa
Queen Elizabeth II poses alongside the British royal family on the balcony of Buckingham Palace after the 2022 Trooping the Color Parade.
Queen Elizabeth II still commands her royal wave after a 70-year reign, as she demonstrated at the celebrations in June 2022. The dutiful 96-year-old is the oldest reigning monarch in the world. © Cover Images/Imago
Two days before her death, Queen Elizabeth II receives British Prime Minister Liz Truss at Balmoral Castle.
Two days before her death on September 8th, Queen Elizabeth II completed her last appointment, the appointment of Prime Minister Liz Truss at Balmoral Castle. Not only the whole of Great Britain mourns the British regent, who died at the age of 96. © iImages/Imago

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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

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