George and Charlotte given last minute second role in Queens funeral by parents Kate and William

Prince George and Princess Charlotte were given their second role of the day following discussions with their parents the Prince and Princess of Wales.

The great grandchildren of Queen Elizabeth II had walked behind the coffin as it was taken into Westminster Abbey on Monday 19 September for the state funeral.

It was unknown whether George, nine, and his younger sister Charlotte, seven, would be taking up the same role during the procession to Windsor Castle from London as their names did not feature in the order of service.

However, for the second time of the day, the young royals took their places walking alongside their mum Kate Middleton, 40, and Queen Consort Camilla, 75, while his grandfather King Charles III, 73, and father Prince William, 40, walked behind the monarch's coffin.

During the state funeral, an emotional clip emerged showing George wipe away tears as he sat alongside his father William at Westminster Abbey.

The moment was spotted by royal fans who were watching the funeral service on television, with some discussing the solemn occasion on social media.

“Seeing Prince George and Princess Charlotte so heartbroken has got the tears flowing”, posted one viewer on Twitter.

Another wrote: “Little Prince George wiping away tears. [Crying emoji.]”

“Prince George, now 2nd in line standing next to his father Prince William of Wales. I’m sorry he’s bringing me to tears,” added a third.

George wasn't the only one overcome with emotion though as his sister was also seen being comforted by her mum Kate as she wiped her eyes with her hands.

Meanwhile their aunt Meghan Markle, 41, was seen with tears running down her face, while their great-aunt Sophie Wessex reached for a tissue, as the day proved emotional to all.

After much discussion, including seeking George and Charlotte's opinion, Kate and William chose to have the children join members of the Royal Family for the state funeral of the Queen today, to bid farewell to their beloved “Gan Gan”.

Their younger brother, Prince Louis, four, was absent from the service.

Kate opened up about her children’s reactions to their great-grandmother’s death as she spoke to Governor-General of Australia David Hurley at a reception at Buckingham Palace yesterday.

The Princess of Wales said that the young Prince Louis was struggling to understand things.

Recalling what she told him, the Governor-General said: “The younger one is now asking questions like, 'do you think we can still play these games when we go to Balmoral?' and things like that, because she's not going to be there.”

However she said George, who will one day be King, is "sort of now realising how important his great-grandmother was and what is going on".


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