Princess Charlotte paid special homage to the Queen at her great-formal grandmother’s funeral by wearing a little horseshoe-shaped pin. The seven-year-old princess, together with her parents and elder brother Prince George, followed the late monarch’s coffin during the hour-long service at Westminster Abbey.
She made her first public appearance as Princess Charlotte of Wales during a solemn affair, wearing all-black clothes and a formal headpiece. In honor of the Queen’s love of riding horses, she also wore a miniature emblem in the form of a horseshoe sewn onto her coat.
The Queen, who was known for her passion for horses, frequently attended races and encouraged her family to learn to ride. Similar to her great-grandmother, third in line to the crown Princess Charlotte is learning to ride.
The young royals, who adored the Queen and referred to her as “Gan Gan,” made their first public appearance during the official funeral after her passing. Due to his young age, Prince Louis, their 4-year-old younger brother, was unable to attend.
The siblings could be seen heading to the church as several of the Queen’s granddaughters, such as Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie, arrived for the service. They were brought in a car to the entrance together with their mother Kate, who is now known as the Princess of Wales, and Camilla, the Queen Consort.
During the service, nine-year-old Prince George was said to become obviously upset. His mother was seen putting a comforting touch on his knee. Her youngest son Prince Edward and his wife Sophie Wessex were also seen crying at the solemn funeral for Britain’s longest-reigning monarch.
Prince George and Princess Charlotte were transported from Buckingham Palace to the service as Prince William and other senior royals marched in procession behind the coffin from Westminster Hall. Around 100 sailors from the Royal Navy carried Her Majesty’s coffin to the service, followed by her children King Charles III, Princess Anne, Prince Edward, and Prince Andrew.
Prince Harry was seen strolling with his brother and cousin Peter Phillips even though he was not permitted to wear his uniform to the ceremony. His wife Meghan Markle and Sophie Wessex arrived in a different vehicle.
The Royal Family went to Windsor Castle for the funeral service, which gathered about 800 people, including the late monarch’s private staff. The Crown Jeweller removed the spectre, the orb, and the Imperial State Crown from the coffin before the last hymn.
After the King placed The Queen’s Company Camp Colour of the Grenadier Guards and the concluding hymn, the Lord Chamberlain “broke” his Wand of Office and placed it on the coffin. The Queen was buried alongside her husband of more than seven decades, Prince Philip.