Paying their final respects to their beloved ‘Gan Gan.’
Today, the late Queen Elizabeth II, who passed away just over a week ago, will be laid to rest at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.
Before that, a state funeral will take place in Westminster Abbey, an event which will see up to 2000 family members, world leaders, politicians, monarchs from other countries, public figures and those who worked with the Queen, all gather to pay their last respects.
Late last night Buckingham Palace confirmed that Prince George and Princess Charlotte will attend their great grandmother’s funeral today, and are set to walk into Westminster Abbey alongside their parents, the Prince and Princess of Wales.
The two young siblings, who are now second and third in line to the throne, will enter the church behind the Queen’s coffin as the funeral procession enters the church, and it was also confirmed that the nine and seven-year-old will travel to Westminster Abbey with their mum, and Camilla, the Queen Consort, by car.
When they join the procession, Prince George and Princess Charlotte will walk directly behind their parents, and directly in front of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
Viewed by 4.1bn people
Today’s royal funeral will be broadcast in every country across the world, and it is estimated that 4.1bn people worldwide will tune in to watch the Queen be laid to rest.
In just hours, the Queen’s coffin will be taken in a grand military procession from the Palace of Westminster, where the late monarch has been lying in state, to Westminster Abbey for the state funeral.
Senior members of the family are expected to follow behind – just like they did for the funeral of Diana, the late Princess of Wales and also for the Duke of Edinburgh, who passed away last year.
The military will line the streets and also join the procession.
Heads of state, prime ministers and presidents, European royals and key figures from public life are invited to gather in the abbey for the funeral.
After the service, the coffin will be taken in procession from Westminster Abbey to Wellington Arch, where the hearse will then travel in procession to St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, after which a televised committal service will take place in St George’s Chapel.
Special memories with ‘Gan Gan’
Members of the royal family have over the past week spoken about how happy they are that both themselves and their children got to create to many special memories with the Queen over the years.
In an interview with ITV for the documentary Our Queen At 90 which aired back in 2016, Catherine, then Duchess of Cambridge, now the Princess of Wales, spoke of how much the Queen doted on her great-grandchildren.
Speaking about how much the family means to the Queen, Kate said the Monarch “always leaves a little gift or something in their room when we go and stay, and that just shows her love for her family.”
The Monarch has a total of 12 great-grandchildren from the eldest Savannah Phillip, 11, to the youngest, Sienna Elizabeth Mapelli Mozzi, born in September last year.
A couple of years ago, the Queen got stuck into making Christmas pudding with her great-grandson, Prince George, when four generations of the royal family gathered at Buckingham Palace to support the ‘Together at Christmas’ campaign, a Royal British Legion initiative to combat social isolation in the Armed Forces.
The adorable video, which was released back in 2019, shows Prince George putting a huge amount of effort into stirring a bowl of pudding mixture. The Queen, who is watching, then appears concerned about how vigorous the youngster is being, and – maybe in an effort to save her white dress from spills – moves away from the table.