Prince George, 9, and Princess Charlotte, 7, will join Royal Family Procession at Queen Elizabeth’s Funeral

Prince George, 9, and Princess Charlotte, 7, will join Royal Family Procession at Queen Elizabeth’s Funeral

Prince George and Princess Charlotte joined their parents to pay their respects to their great-grandmother Queen Elizabeth at the late monarch’s state funeral on Monday.

George, 9, and Charlotte, 7, joined the royal family procession behind the Queen’s coffin alongside Prince William and Kate Middleton as the family made their way down the aisle in Westminster Abbey. Kate, 40, brought the little ones into the service, although William, 40, arrived earlier with King Charles III.

Kate Middleton Arriving with Prince George and Princess Charlotte for the Queen's Funeral at Westminster Abbey

Kate Middleton Arriving with Prince George and Princess Charlotte for the Queen’s Funeral at Westminster Abbey

Prince George, Kate Middleton, Princess Charlotte and Meghan Markle

William and Kate spent last week carefully considering whether to include their two oldest children in the procession and service, PEOPLE understands. With the eyes of the world on them, their parents kept in mind that George and Charlotte were at Westminster Abbey for Prince Philip’s memorial service in March.

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George and Charlotte are several years younger than William when he attended his mother Princess Diana’s funeral in 1997 at the age of 15. Prince Louis, 4, was considered too young to join the rest of the family for funeral Monday.

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William revealed that the procession of Queen Elizabeth’s coffin from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall last week reminded him of the same ritual after his mother’s death.

“He said how difficult it was yesterday and how it reminded him of his mother’s funeral,” mourner Jane Wells said. The Telegraph reported. “Catherine said it was such a difficult time for all of them, for the whole family.”

Last week, Charles, 73, addressed the United Kingdom for the first time after the Queen died at the age of 96. Among the changes announced, Charles shared that Prince William and Kate, 40 of age, having inherited the titles of Prince and Princess. Wales.

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Kate Middleton

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Their three children – now second, third and fourth in line to the throne – go from being the Prince and Princess of Cambridge to becoming the Prince and Princess of Wales. So, they are now Prince George of Wales, Princess Charlotte of Wales and Prince Louis of Wales.

During a 40-minute walk outside Windsor Castle on September 10, the new Prince of Wales opened up to one well-wisher in the crowd about his family. Elaine Gee, 58, a teacher from Wokingham, spoke to William about the difficulty of explaining the Queen’s death to her primary school pupils.

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“I told him how I work at school and how it was a strange year celebrating the Jubilee and now it’s all changed and we’re talking about this,” said Gee PEOPLE. “He talked about George, Charlotte and Louis, saying they wanted to keep some sense of continuity for them at school and keep things as normal as possible.”

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Kate Middleton

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Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis were photographed attending a preview day of classes at their new school, Lambrook, one day before the Queen’s death.

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Kate told another well-wisher outside Windsor Castle that Prince Louis had a sweet reaction to the news of Queen Elizabeth’s death, saying, “At least Grannie is with Grandma now,” according to The Sunday Times‘ royals editor Roya Nikkhah.

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