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George, Charlotte at Queen’s funeral compared to William, Harry at Diana’s funeral

Prince George and Princess Charlotte will join Prince William and Kate Middleton for Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral, in a move with both similarities and differences to William and Harry walking behind Princess Diana’s coffin during her funeral.

The young royals will travel to Westminster Abbey behind their parents, the new Prince and Princess of Wales, and ahead of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

Confirmation of their attendance came at 11.30pm UK time, when the service order was issued by Buckingham Palace with less than 12 hours before the start of Elizabeth’s final trip.

King Charles III and Camilla, Queen Consort, will lead the procession as it enters the Abbey, followed by the Queen’s other children.

William and Kate will then drive the grandchildren with George, nine, and Charlotte, seven, accompanying them.

Their presence at a state funeral at such a young age will likely rekindle memories of Prince William and Prince Harry walking behind Princess Diana’s coffin aged 15 and 12 at their funeral almost exactly 25 years ago in September 1997.

However, there are differences, as well as similarities, as the royal brothers were, unlike George and Charlotte, forced to walk approximately three miles from Kensington Palace to the Abbey in front of hundreds of thousands of people in public mourning.

While George and Charlotte were close to their great-grandmother, the loss also cannot be compared to the trauma of William and Harry losing their mother.

Exclusively Pleasemynews Interviewed in 2017, Harry said: “My mother had just died and I had to walk behind her coffin for a long time, surrounded by thousands of people watching me while millions of others watched on TV.

“I don’t think a kid should be asked to do that under any circumstances. I don’t think that would happen today.”

The queue to see the Queen lying down while declaring in Westminster Hall came to a halt at 6.30am London time, and at 10.44am (5.44am ET) her coffin will be taken by horse-drawn carriage in a procession to at Westminster Abbey.

President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden will be among world leaders who will gather for the moving service, which begins at 11 a.m. and is due to end just before noon.

There will then be a second procession, which George and Charlotte will not attend, which will take the Queen to Hyde Park where tiny guns will be fired in her honor.

At 1 p.m., she will then be taken by hearse to St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, where there will be a burial service at 4 p.m.

It is the same church where Elizabeth sat alone at Prince Philip’s funeral in April 2021, in line with COVID-19 guidelines in place at the time.

However, there will be no such restrictions on Britain’s longest reigning monarch as British police prepare for the biggest operation in the country’s history.

The day before the funeral, Charles posted a message to the public: “As we all prepare to say our last goodbyes, I just wanted to take this opportunity to say thank you to all those countless people who have been such a support and comfort. to my family and to myself in this time of mourning.”

That night, world leaders gathered for a reception at Buckingham Palace after some, including the Bidens, stopped by Westminster Hall to see the Queen lying in state.

The president and first lady looked visibly moved as they watched from a balcony at the coffin, draped in the royal standard and carrying the crown, orb and scepter of the Imperial state.

Quoted by Reuters, Biden later said: “To all the people of England, to all the people of the United Kingdom, our thoughts are with you. You were lucky to have had her for 70 years, we l ‘ve all been. The world is better for her.”

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