Princess Charlotte shared a touching moment with her uncle Prince Harry as they said goodbye to the Queen in St George’s Chapel. Charlotte and older brother Prince George arrived at St George’s Chapel in Windsor alongside their mum the Princess of Wales and Queen Consort Camilla, while their grandfather the King and dad Prince William walked behind the late monarch’s coffin.
During the service Charlotte sat next to her mum Kate as well as Harry who sat next to wife Meghan Markle. At one point, Charlotte was seen adjusting her hat before looking over at her uncle. Harry then briefly looked up and caught her eye and smiled at the princess. It was unknown if George and Charlotte would walk in the procession in the chapel as their names did not feature in the order of service. But they took their places for their second role of the day in the committal service seemingly following a decision by their parents William and Kate.
Earlier today, the two young royals attended the state funeral service at Westminster Abbey alongside their parents and the 2,000-strong congregation. In a daunting task, George, a nine-year-old future king, and Charlotte – a mini me of her mother in her smart black hat – were there to see first-hand the respect and admiration their great-grandmother inspired. So young, they were barely visible, flanked by their parents, in the procession as it moved through the abbey,
In a change to the originally suggested formation, William and Kate walked protectively either side of their children, rather than in front of them, with Kate holding Charlotte’s hand. It’s understood the royal couple thought long and hard while having discussions with the children before deciding they would attend – and the young royals walked beside their parents as they followed the Queen’s coffin into Westminster Abbey.
Afterwards, the Queen’s coffin was transferred to the State Hearse at Wellington Arch ahead of beginning its journey to Windsor for a committal ceremony later this afternoon – and Charlotte could be seen whispering to her big brother. She appeared to tell George “you need to bow” when the Queen’s coffin came past them. Charlotte then brought back memories of her great-grandmother as she pointed with her finger, just like the Queen used to do. George did follow his sister’s advice as he was seen bowing his head as a sign of respect to Her Majesty when her coffin began to drive off.