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Prince George and Princess Charlotte will attend the Queen’s funeral

Prince George and Princess Charlotte will attend the state funeral of their great-grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, it has been confirmed.

Orders of service for Monday’s elaborate ceremony indicate that George, nine, and his seven-year-old sister, Charlotte, will gather with 2,000 others at Westminster Abbey to celebrate the life and reign of the late British monarch, who died last Thursday. died aged 96.

Prince Louis (4), the youngest child of Prince William and Princess Kate, will not attend.

There were doubts as to whether the children would participate in the ceremony because of their young age.

The brother and sister will walk through the Gothic church with the royal family, in procession behind Her Majesty’s coffin, as millions are expected to watch the television service around the world.

King Charles III and the Queen Consort will process directly behind the coffin, flanked by the Princess Royal and Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, followed by the Duke of York, the Earl and Countess of Wessex, then the Prince and Princess of Wales .

George and Charlotte, whom the Queen was affectionately known as “Gan Gan”, will walk behind their parents, followed by their aunt and uncle, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, and other members of the royal family.

The young prince, second in line to the throne, and his sister, who follows her brother in third, are both expected to attend the funeral service at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, after the ceremony in central London.

Towards the end of the service at approximately 11:55 a.m., the Last Post will sound, followed by a two-minute silence, and the National Anthem will end around noon.

Prior to the historic service, the tenor clock chimes every minute for 96 minutes, reflecting the years of the Queen’s life.

In The Bidding, the Dean of Westminster, the Most Reverend Dr David Hoyle, will say: “Here, where Queen Elizabeth was married and crowned, we gather from all over the country, from the Commonwealth and from the nations of the world to mourn for our loss, to remember her long life of selfless service.”

He will then pay tribute to the “unshakable devotion of the late monarch to a high calling for so many years” as Queen and Head of the Commonwealth.

“We remember with fondness her love for her family and her dedication to the causes she held dear,” the dean will say.

Among the hymns chosen for the occasion, “The Lord’s My Shepherd, I’ll Not Want,” was sung at the Queen’s wedding, when she married the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip, at the same abbey as 21- year old bride in 1947.

The groundbreaking hymn was also sung at the funeral of Queen Elizabeth’s father, George VI, in St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, in 1952, but with slightly different wording.

“The Day Thou Gavest”, “Lord, Is Ended” and “Love Divine, All Loves Excelling” will also be sung by the 2000-strong congregation.

The latter was often seen at royal weddings, including those of the Prince and Princess of Wales, the wedding blessing of Charles and Camilla, and that of Princess Eugenie.

There will be prayers by Rev. Dr. Iain Greenshields, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, for “Queen Elizabeth’s long life and reign, remembering with gratitude her gifts of wisdom, diligence and service”.

The Bishop of London, Dame Sarah Mullally, will offer a prayer for “our most gracious Sovereign Lord King Charles, Camilla the Queen Consort, William Prince of Wales and all the Royal Family”.

Reverend Canon Helen Cameron, moderator of the Free Churches Group, will commend the Queen for “tireless devotion to duty, compassion for her subjects and advice to her ministers”.

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