Little Charlotte, sweet tribute to “Gan Gan” as she called her great-grandmother

By sporting a little horseshoe-shaped pin at her great-formal grandmother’s burial, Princess Charlotte gave the Queen a particular homage. At the hour-long funeral at Westminster Abbey, the seven-year-old princess walked behind the late monarch’s coffin along with her parents and older brother Prince George.

At a solemn event that served as her first public debut as Princess Charlotte of Wales, she made her first appearance in all-black attire and a formal cap. She also had a tiny insignia in the shape of a horseshoe fastened to her coat as a tribute to the Queen’s passion of riding horses.

The Queen, who was well-known for her love of horses, routinely visited racing events and urged her family to take up riding. Princess Charlotte, who is third in line for the throne, is also picking up riding in the same way as her great-grandmother.

The young royals’ participation at the state funeral was their first public appearance since the Queen’s passing, whom they affectionately referred to as “Gan Gan.” Prince Louis, their four-year-old younger brother, was unable to attend due to his young age.

Following the arrival of some of the Queen’s grandchildren, including Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie, for the service, the two brothers could be seen making their way to the chapel. With their mother Kate, who is now known as the Princess of Wales, and Camilla, the Queen Consort, they were driven in a car to the entrance.

Nine-year-old Prince George was reported to grow noticeably distressed at one point during the service, and his mother was spotted placing a consoling hand on his knee.

At the formal burial for Britain’s longest-reigning queen, her youngest son Prince Edward and his wife Sophie Wessex were also spotted sobbing.

Prince William and other senior royals marched in procession behind the coffin from Westminster Hall as Prince George and Princess Charlotte were driven from Buckingham Palace to the service.

Her Majesty’s coffin was brought to the service by a group of around 100 Royal Navy sailors, with her children King Charles III, Princess Anne, Prince Edward, and Prince Andrew following.

Even though he was not allowed to wear his uniform for the event, Prince Harry was photographed walking beside his brother and cousin Peter Phillips. In a different car, his wife Meghan Markle and Sophie Wessex arrived.

The Royal Family will now head to Windsor Castle for a committal service, which will likely draw some 800 guests, including the late monarch’s personal entourage.

The Imperial State Crown, the orb, and the spectre will be taken out of the casket by the Crown Jeweller before the last hymn.

The Lord Chamberlain will “break” his Wand of Office and set it on the coffin after the King places The Queen’s Company Camp Colour of the Grenadier Guards and the last song.

The Queen will be buried beside Prince Philip, her husband of more than seven decades, who will be brought to the Royal Vault to join her at 7:30 p.m.


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