On the eve of the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II Prince William as well as Princess Kate went to thank the defense and attendants who played a royal role in honor of the late monarch.
The couple, both 40, visited the Pirbright Army Training Center to meet with Australian, Canadian and New Zealand military personnel. Soldiers have been sent to the UK to help with an upcoming state event and are rehearsing their roles in advance for the ceremony.
After 70 years on the British throne, Elizabeth died on September 8 at her castle in Balmoral, Scotland. She was 96 years old. Her eldest son King Charles IIIascended the throne shortly after the death of his mother.
At the time, Charles, 73, also bestowed on William his former title of Prince of Wales and bestowed on Kate the title of Princess of Wales.
In the days following Elizabeth’s death, William reflected on the legacy his grandmother had left behind. “On Thursday, the world lost an outstanding leader whose devotion to the country, the Realms and the Commonwealth was absolute,” he wrote. “So much will be said in the coming days about the significance of her historic reign.”
The Duke of Cornwall praised Elizabeth’s connection with his family. “My three children have to spend holidays with her and create memories that will last a lifetime,” added William, who shares 9-year-old Prince George, 7-year-old Princess Charlotte and 4-year-old Prince Louis with Kate, noting that his wife had 20 years of the Queen’s “guidance and support”.
He continued, “However, I lost my grandmother. And while I will mourn her loss, I also feel incredibly grateful. In my fifth decade, I enjoyed the Queen’s wisdom and comfort. … She was by my side in the happiest moments and the saddest days of my life. I knew that day would come, but it would be some time before the reality of life without a grandmother would be truly real.”
While walking to see flowers for the queen, William spoke about his expectations for the upcoming memorial service. “William said that he thought Monday [the queen’s funeral] it’s going to be tough,” the well-wisher shared on Thursday, September 16, after the couple’s visit to Sandringham, England. “[Kate] said it was overwhelming and she and William are very grateful that everyone is here. She was emotional. It seemed as if they had come here to soak up all the love.”
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