Aged 9 and 7, Prince George and Princess Charlotte were old enough to attend the Queen’s state funeral today, and Kate Middleton and Prince William’s two eldest joined the procession and showed remarkable decorum during the very solemn royal event. The two arrived with their mother Kate, with Charlotte holding Kate’s hand as the family entered Westminster Abbey.
Charlotte matched her mother in a black-shaded hat and pleated coat dress. Charlotte’s outfit included a small but touching tribute to the Queen, with Charlotte wearing a diamond horseshoe brooch in honor of the Queen’s love of horses. The Queen actually presented Charlotte with the brooch, which People pointed out. In addition, the outlet reported that this is Charlotte’s first time wearing a significant piece of jewelry at a royal event, along with a hat, which is customary for British women to wear at formal events.
The outlet reported that Kate and William carefully took their time deciding whether George and Charlotte should attend the procession and funeral. They ultimately chose to let them come when they attended Prince Philip’s funeral last year.
Charlotte and George’s younger brother, Prince Louis, did not attend the funeral due to his young age of 4. While, who Hi! reported, there is no official rule prohibiting children under a certain age from attending, their parents must decide if they can handle royal events of this type. Louis also did not attend Prince Philip’s funeral last year, making his absence today all the more surprising.
Kate spoke about how her children were coping with the news of the Queen’s death while out at Windsor Palace for a walk last Saturday. “They have all been extraordinary,” she said. “I was really upset when I found out and Louis said, ‘Mum, don’t worry, because now Gan Gan is with great grandpa’.”
Alyssa Bailey is senior news and strategy editor at ELLE.com, where she oversees celebrity and royal coverage (especially Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton). She has previously held positions at With style and Cosmopolitan. When she’s not working, she loves running around Central Park, getting people to take #ootd pictures of her, and exploring New York City.