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Farewell to their “Gan Gan” Queen Elizabeth II: Prince George and Princess Charlotte say goodbye at Westminster Abbey – but seem hopelessly overwhelmed.

Update from 19 September 2022 at 13:20: Bitter tears and helplessness – As announced in advance, Prince George (9) and Princess Charlotte (7) join the procession to give their great-grandmother a fitting farewell. However, the scale of the event does not seem to be so clear to the young heirs to the throne. “Georgie” shifts nervously in his chair, immerses himself in the program and then lets his gaze wander helplessly and restlessly through Westminster Abbey.

Even his younger sister, affectionately known as Lotti, apparently doesn’t quite know how to classify the procedure. With a questioning expression, she looks at Mama Kate, followed by a brief, nervous browsing through the program. Then the flashback to the crying New Princess of Wales. Despite mother’s whispered words, both Charlotte and George have nowhere to go in the packed ship of the iconic abbey.

First report from 19 September 2022, at 09:45 – London – In the last hours after ten days of mourning, Queen Elizabeth II (96, † 2022), Prince William (40) and Princess Charlotte (40) had a difficult decision to make. Will your children be present at the state funeral when a great Queen, but also her beloved “Gan Gan” is brought to Westminster Abbey for the final escort? The prince couple’s decision has been made. Prince George (9) and Princess Charlotte (7) will be part of the procedure.

The Queen’s funeral: George and Charlotte will initially accompany their mother in the car

The two older siblings, second and third in line to the throne, is with King Charles III. (73) join the royal family in today’s procession as the eyes of the world turn to central London. The palace confirmed the attendance, saying it was a “collective family decision,” sources told the Daily Mail. It is not an easy walk for the family members, but it is also a big burden for the youngest.

It is understood the two children will accompany mum Princess Kate and royal consort Camilla, 74, in a car to Westminster Abbey rather than walk the entire procession route. Once there, they will join the train and, along with their parents and the royal family, follow their great-grandmother’s coffin into the venerable walls of Westminster Abbey. It is a mighty march and a great emotional drain on the Cornwall and Cambridge children.

The day of Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral:

The last members of the queue, which has formed in London since Wednesday, will have said goodbye to the Queen early in the morning at Westminster Hall.

Her Majesty’s coffin will be transferred to Westminster Abbey for an hour-long funeral service attended by heads of state, kings and foreign dignitaries;

Prince Harry (38) and Meghan Markle (41), the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, are also taking part in the procession and will be present at the funeral;

In the afternoon, the late monarch’s coffin will be taken to St George’s Chapel in Windsor for burial.

At the end of the funeral service, Her Majesty’s coffin will be lowered into the Royal Vault at St George’s Chapel in Windsor, where she will be laid to rest with Prince Philip and her family.

Will the children cope with the big emotional challenge?

Twice as hard for children: Princess Charlotte and Prince George follow the procession with their parents (photo montage). © Ben Birchall/dpa & Starface/Imago

“Georgie” and “Lotti” had already attended the funeral of their great-grandfather Prince Philip (99, † 2021) last year, now they will have the opportunity to say goodbye to their majesty, their beloved “Gan Gan”. Britain is making history, it is a highly emotional moment for parents and grandparents, of course the youngest may have an emotional outburst in front of millions of spectators and dignitaries in the public. But apparently Kate and William trust their children to say goodbye.

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Since the last visitors, after hours of waiting, personally said goodbye to the Queen ensconced in Westminster Hall, time has ticked inexorably towards the final, meticulously planned farewell. Only in the evening, after an unforgettable ceremony at Windsor Castle, the two children will have gone on this difficult journey with their great-grandmother and will keep it in their hearts forever. Sources used: dpa,

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