Queen Elizabeth II funeral: William and Kate’s children Prince George and Princess Charlotte join the royal family at Westminster Abbey

LONDON — Among the thousands of mourners attending Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral are two of her beloved great-grandchildren.

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Prince George and Princess Charlotte, the eldest children of Prince William and Kate, Princess of Wales, joined their parents at Westminster Abbey on Monday.

Kate, Princess of Wales, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Prince George and Princess Charlotte arrive at the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II in London on September 19, 2022.

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George, 9, and Charlotte, 7, were seen entering the church with Kate, while William joined the motorcade escorting the Queen’s coffin to the service.

The siblings then joined the procession to Westminster Abbey, walking between William and Kate and their uncle and aunt Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex.

At the time of her death on September 8, the 96-year-old Queen was a grandmother of eight children and a great-grandmother of 12.

George and Charlotte were the only great-grandchildren to attend the funeral.

The funeral was missing their younger brother, Prince Louis, 4, and their cousins, Archie, 3, and Lilibet, 1, the children of Harry and Meghan.

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The Queen’s other great-grandchildren are Savannah Phillips, 11, and Isla Phillips, 10, daughters of Peter Phillips, the Queen’s eldest grandson and son of Anne, the Princess Royal; Phillips’ sister’s three children, Zara Tindall, Mia, 8, Lena, 4, and Lucas, 1; the one-year-old son of Princess Eugenie of York; and the one-year-old daughter of Princess Beatrice of York.

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The Queen, known as “Granny” and “Great-Granny” to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, was loved by her family.

Five of her great-grandchildren have been named in her honor – William and Kate’s daughter, Charlotte, whose full name is Charlotte Elizabeth Diana; Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, Harry and Meghan’s one-year-old daughter; Isla Phillips, whose middle name is Elizabeth; Lena Tindall, whose middle name is Elizabeth and Sienna Elizabeth Mapelli Mozzi, the one-year-old daughter of Princess Beatrice and Eduardo Mapelli Mozzi.

In their memories of the Queen, members of the royal family spoke of the time she spent with them outside the spotlight.

“Grandma, as this latest parting brings us great sadness, I am eternally grateful for all of our first encounters – from my earliest childhood memories with you, to meeting you for the first time as Commander-in-Chief, until the first moment you met my darling wife and hugged your beloved great-grandchildren,” Harry said in a statement. “I cherish those times shared with you, and the many other special moments in between.”

William, now heir to the throne, said in a statement he was grateful his three children, aged 9 to 4, were able to spend so much time with their great-grandmother.

“And while I will mourn her loss, I also feel incredibly grateful. I have benefited from the Queen’s wisdom and comfort in my fifth decade,” William said. “My wife has had twenty years of her guidance and support. My three children must vacation with her and create memories that will last a lifetime.”

The Queen’s youngest son, Prince Edward, recalled the joy of watching the Queen spend time with her children, James, Viscount Severn, 14, and Lady Louise Mountbatten-Windsor, 18, the youngest little ones – children of the queen.

“Sophie and I had a huge pleasure watching our James and Louise enjoy the places and activities that their grandparents loved so much,” he said. “Given that my mom let us spend so much time with her, I think she also rather enjoyed watching those passions blossom. Those times together, those happy memories, have now become extremely precious to each of us. we.”

The Queen was known to have been visited by her younger family members as she spent her summers at Balmoral Castle in Scotland and her Christmases at Sandringham, her country estate in Norfolk, England.

Most recently, in June, during her Platinum Jubilee celebration, the Queen’s interactions with William and Kate’s son Louis stole the show.

Queen Elizabeth II funeral: William and Kate's children Prince George and Princess Charlotte join the royal family at Westminster Abbey

The Queen was seen pointing things out to her great-grandson, 92 years her junior, and answering his questions as they watched the Trooping the Color parade from the balcony at Buckingham Palace.

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