The Queen’s state funeral saw the royal family come together to remember the late monarch on Monday 19 September – including young royals Prince George and Princess Charlotte, children of the Prince and Princess of Wales, Kate Middleton and Prince William.
George, 9, and Charlotte, 7, arrived by car with their mother, dressed in black like the rest of the mourners. Charlotte, for the first time, wore a formal hat – like all other female family members at the service – and her first-ever royal brooch, too. In the shape of a small horseshoe, the piece of jewellery was no doubt a nod to the Queen’s love of horses and equestrianism.
It was announced ahead of the funeral that the young Prince George and Princess Charlotte would attend the funeral of their great grandmother, via the order of service. It is the first time they have publicly attended a funeral, though they did also appear at a memorial service for Prince Philip in March 2022, after his 2021 funeral was restricted to 30 guests due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Since the death of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II on 8 September, Britain has been observing a period of national mourning. The Queen’s coffin has been lying in state at Westminster Hall, where people have been queuing through the night in order to pay their respects to the late monarch.
Monday’s state funeral saw thousands more mourners line the streets to see the Queen’s coffin taken to Westminster Abbey – as well as world leaders and royals from all over the world attend the service.
Of course, the rest of the late Queen’s extended family were also in attendance to mourn their mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Senior members of the royal family present included her four children – King Charles III, the Princess Royal, the Duke of York, and Prince Edward – as well as Camilla, the Queen Consort, the Countess of Wessex, and the monarch’s grandchildren – Princes William and Harry, Peter Phillips and Zara Tindall, Princesses Beatrice and Princess Eugenie, and Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn.
In accordance with the wishes of the new King Charles III, the public mourning period will continue until seven days after the Queen’s state funeral, which will take place at 11am on Monday 19 September.