Prince George and Charlotte decided to attend the funeral the day before
Prince George made a cheeky comeback for his schoolmates, warning them to “be careful” as his father, Prince William, is heir to the British throne, a royal expert has claimed. In her book The New Royals, Katie Nicholl suggests that the boy has a good understanding of the monarchy and his family’s role. Prince William and Kate, the Princess of Wales’ children are reportedly being raised with a “sense of duty”.
The royal correspondent and author of Vanity Fair said: “They raise their children, especially Prince George, with an awareness of who he is and the role he will inherit, but they don’t want to burden them with a sense of duty.
“George understands that one day he will be king, and as a little boy he would fight with friends at school and outsell his peers with the killer phrase, ‘My dad will be king, so you better watch out.'”
The future king, Prince George, and his sister, Princess Charlotte, looked impeccable during a long and celebratory day as they said goodbye to their beloved “Gan Gan”.
The royal siblings, the Queen’s great-grandchildren, were among the 2,000 guests at her State Funeral and became the youngest members of the Royal Family to follow the Queen’s coffin through Westminster Abbey.
Prince George is being raised to be aware of his role, an expert has claimed
They also attended the communion service at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle later in the afternoon.
At Westminster Abbey, George, nine, and Princess Charlotte, seven, walked behind the Queen’s coffin as part of a ceremonial procession in front of hundreds of guests inside the Gothic church and were watched from afar by a huge international television audience.
As the young royals followed their great-grandmother’s coffin, flanked by their parents the Prince and Princess of Wales, Charlotte kept her hands folded in front of her while George had his arms at his side.
The four walked a little behind the King, Charles, and Camilla, Queen Consort, and ahead of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
The young royals had previously arrived in a car with Camilla and her mother Kate.
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Prince George is nine years old
George wore a dark blue suit and black tie while Charlotte wore a black coat dress with pleats at the back and a small silver horseshoe at the front, black tights and a hat with a tie at the back.
Before the service, the Princess of Wales was seen holding Charlotte’s hand and giving her a comforting touch on the shoulder.
At various points during the service the children could be seen studying their order of service, with Charlotte looking around under the brim of her hat as the mourners sang The Lord’s My Shepherd.
And her brother George was spotted singing The Day Thou Gavest, Lord, Is Ended as he stood between his parents.
Kate was once seen comforting her son with a hand on his knee.
At the end of the service, George followed close behind his father while Kate put a reassuring hand on her daughter’s back as the family rose from their seats and stood behind the coffin.
As they slowly left the abbey, both children sometimes looked down.
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Prince George with his family at the funeral
They later stood with their mother Kate, Meghan, Camilla and the Countess of Wessex and watched the Queen’s coffin make its final journey from Westminster.
When the coffin reached Wellington Arch, it was placed in the state hearse to be driven to Windsor while senior royals looked on to the side.
Charlotte squeezed her mother’s hand and chatted briefly with her older brother, pointing to the coffin as it was carefully lifted from the gun carriage meters away.
At the committal service in Windsor, television cameras caught few glimpses of the siblings, who behaved immaculately despite their young ages.
Charlotte was seen exchanging a few words with the Dean of Windsor as the family exited the chapel and were led to a waiting car.
The Prince and Princess’ four-year-old brother, Prince Louis, was not present.
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