In previous state funerals, the monarch’s grandchildren and great-grandchildren would not have played a formal role, but on the eve of the funeral, it was revealed the two young heirs-to-the-throne would stand alongside their parents and other senior members of the royal family as they walked behind the Queen’s coffin in Westminster Abbey.
George looked grown up in a navy suit and tie, while Charlotte was the spitting image of her mother in a black dress and wide-brimmed hat, wearing a horseshoe brooch in tribute to the Queen.
The children no doubt would have made their ‘Gan-Gan’ proud as they behaved dutifully during the service and procession, at one point Charlotte appearing to whisper to her brother a reminder to bow.
Prince George and Princess Charlotte chatting to each other🥺 pic.twitter.com/VeeVqToZVL
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Their younger brother, four-year-old Prince Louis was absent from the funeral, as he was considered too young to take part.
Speaking to Australia’s Governor General David Hurley, Kate, the Princess of Wales, shared how her children were struggling with the news of their great-grandmother’s death.
Prince George was “sort of now realising how important his great-grandmother was and what is going on,” Hurley recalled from his conversation with Kate at Buckingham Palace.
“The younger one is now asking questions like, “do you think we can still play these games when we go to Balmoral and things like that, cause she’s not going to be there?”‘