As millions around the world watched the Queen’s funeral, the eyes of the world were also on two young children.
The image of the great-grandchildren saying goodbye would always bring to mind two other children, firmly caught in the gaze of the world.
Just over 25 years ago, Prince William and Prince Harry walked alongside their father Charles, then the Prince of Wales, behind the coffin of Diana, who had died weeks earlier in a car accident in Paris.
The sadness on the faces of the young princes was written at the loss of their mother too soon.
Just as King Charles III publicly grieved his mother as he took on a role he has waited for all his life, there will be times when duty to these children comes first. But for now, with the eyes of the world on them, it’s just two kids saying goodbye to their great-grandmother.’
Now they will guide the next generation through their grief as they come to terms with their own.
Aged nine and seven, the siblings were the two youngest mourners at Westminster Abbey. Their brother Louis was not present.
Second and third in line to the throne after the Queen’s death, for George and Charlotte, this is an introduction to a world of expectation and service.
Their father, William, is undoubtedly best placed to guide them after his own experience as a young man.
Just as King Charles III publicly grieved his mother as he took on a role he has waited all his life to fulfill, there will be times when duty to these children comes first.
As she stood at Wellington Arch, Charlotte seemed overcome with emotion and cried as her mother comforted her.
Royal Commentator Dickie Arbiter described the day as “important in their lives”.
“Their parents would have said, ‘We are going to bury Gan Gan tomorrow, would you like to come?’, and they would have said ‘yes,’ absolutely no argument.”
“They’re very sensible kids, they’re very excited… They knew what this was about.”
But for now, with the eyes of the world on them, it’s just two kids saying goodbye to their great-grandmother.
One of the most recognizable women in the world, but whom they called ‘Gan Gan’.
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